Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Module 1 and Module 2
The WSI modules are designed to provide candidates with the proper knowledge and skills to teach Red Cross Swim programs, while promoting water-safe attitudes in, on and around the water.
The newly structured modules will include the following four components: WSI-Skills Evaluation, WSI-Online, WSI-Teaching Experience and WSI-Classroom and Pool.
Assistant Water Safety Instructor (AWSI) certification will not exist under the new model, and will not be transferable once the new program is implemented. Red Cross Water Safety Introduction (WSII) is now a prerequisite for WSI. As of January 2016, candidates will be required to take the new WSI courses and purchase new materials.
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|Program ||Prerequisite ||Description |
|Bronze Star ||12+ yrs of age and recommended completion of Star Swim Patrol ||The Lifesaving Society Bronze Star program helps to prepare swimmers for success in Bronze Medallion. Candidates are taught about how to make |
WaterSmart® choices, and learn basic lifesaving and resuscitation skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard.
|Bronze Medallion ||13 years of age by last day of the course, or completed Bronze Star ||The Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion program is a building block toward further lifesaving and lifeguard training. Candidates learn lifesaving techniques for challenging open-water rescues, and develop stroke efficiency and endurance (500 metre, timed swim). Certification include CPR-A/AED. |
|Bronze Cross ||Bronze Medallion ||Candidates learn advanced lifesaving training to include management of aquatic spinal injuries and prevention of loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for National Lifeguard and is worth two Grade 11 high school credits. Certification includes CPR-C/AED. |
|Bronze Combination Camp || |
|A combination of Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross. |
|Standard First Aid (SFA) ||14 years of age by last day of the course ||Comprehensive first aid program and prerequisite for National Lifeguard. Learn how to assess and treat airway, breathing and circulatory emergencies, and manage medical, musculoskeletal and environmental emergencies. Certification include CPR-C/AED. |
|National Lifeguard (NL) ||16 years of age by last day of the course. Completed Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid. ||The Lifesaving Society's NL award is recognized as the standard measure of lifeguard performance in Canada. NL training prepares lifeguards to prevent incidents and provide effective resolution to emergencies. NL is worth two Grade 12 high school credits. |
|National Lifeguard (NL) Precert/Recert ||National Lifeguard certification ||A Lifesaving Society NL certification is valid for two years from the date of certification and must be current for employment. This clinic is for individuals needing to recertify their NL award. A current CPR-C or Standard First Aid award is recommended. Infant (including 2-rescuer CPR) resuscitation skills is the most comprehensive CPR training program for trained responders. |
|Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) ||16 years of age by the last day of the course, and completed Bronze Cross ||Learn how to teach and evaluate the Lifesaving Society Bronze Medal awards. Candidates will be taught teaching methodology, course planning, class management, safety supervision, and the principles of evaluation. The LSI certification is worth one Grade 11 high school credit. |
|Water Safety Instructor Module 1 ||15 years of age by last day of Bronze Cross ||Module 1 consists of 6 hours or skills and stroke evaluation and 20 hours of online component. Participants are expected to attend two sessions at the facility to have their skills and strokes evaluated. In between these two sessions, participants will complete the online component which will provide them with a certificate of completion which needs to be provided on the last day of evaluation. |
|Water Safety Instructor Module 2 ||Online certificate of completion and signed skills evaluation in the WSI Workbook from Module 1 ||Module 2 consists of the teaching experience and classroom/pool portion of the WSI course. Participants will apply knowledge they gained from the online learning to their in-water teaching experience and the classroom/pool portion. |
|Pool Operator Course Level 1 ||No prerequisite ||Designed for individuals who maintain swimming pool water chemistry and mechanical operations. |
|Pool Operator Course Level 2 ||Pool Operator Course Level 1 ||Covers all advanced features of running a public swimming pool. |