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National Lifeguard (NL) course
The National Lifeguard (NL) course is for intermediate and advanced level swimmers. Students must participate in 2 screening assessments and pass a swimming proficiency test to be eligible for the program.
The National Lifeguard (NL) certification is the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada. This course is designed to develop sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and decision making in the role of the lifeguard. The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, communication, prevention of accidents and the treatment of medical emergencies. Participants are taught advanced lifeguarding skills and demonstrate competency in managing a variety of emergency situations within an aquatic environment. Successful completion of this course will certify the candidate in the only nationally recognized lifeguarding award.
Min Age Requirement: 16yrs by Dec 16, 2017.
100% Attendance. Must attend all classes for the course.
National Lifeguard Program incorporates all leadership prerequisites in order to become both a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor.
Order of courses within the program:
Swim Instructors’ Course
The Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor is supported by the Lifesaving Society. This program will develop knowledge in class management, teaching, evaluation, leadership, communication and administration. Successful completion of this program will qualify candidates to instruct learn to swim lessons and lifesaving programs. Candidates must be 16 years of age, NL Certified and will be asked to complete a screening assessment.
100% attendance in all classes is mandatory to be successful in the program. The dates and time commitments include: Fridays 6:00pm-10:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am- 8:30pm.
Volunteer positions are available for participating students during March Break for participants in the basketball and soccer programs, and are available as an outlet to fulfill their community hours that are required in order to graduate from high school. Participants can select different community centres where they would like to volunteer. They will be notified where they are accepted.
Order of courses within the program:
Bronze Medallion teaches lifesavers of all ages how to respond to water rescue situations. The program develops physical fitness, decision making and judgment in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk. Lifesavers demonstrate stroke proficiency and endurance in a timed swim – 500m swim in 15 minutes. Bronze Medallion is the pre-requisite for all advanced lifesaving awards.
Bronze Cross is designed to provide participants with advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, principles of emergency procedures, teamwork and use of special equipment. Candidates will complete a timed swim – 600m swim in 18 minutes. Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid-CPR-C are pre-requisites for training in the National Lifeguard (NL) program and Lifesaving Instructors.
National Lifeguard (NL)
The National Lifeguard (NL) certification is the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada. This course is designed to develop sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment and decision making in the role of the lifeguard. The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, communication, prevention of accidents and the treatment of medical emergencies. Participants are taught advanced lifeguarding skills and demonstrate competency in managing a variety of emergency situations within an aquatic environment. Successful completion of this course will certify the candidate in the only nationally recognized lifeguarding award.
Standard First Aid CPR “C”
This first aid course provides training in first aid and CPR including the knowledge of first aid principles and emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include: victim assessment, CPR and choking, breathing and circulation/bleeding emergencies. The course also reviews the medical/legal aspects of providing treatment and prepares candidates with the ability to treat injuries including spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, burns and medical emergencies.
Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor
This instructor course provides training to develop skills in class management, teaching, evaluation, leadership, communication and administration. Upon successful completion of the course the candidate will be able to instruct the Toronto Learn to Swim program including Guardian, Preschool, Super, Ultra Swim and the lifesaving awards of the Lifesaving Society.
To participate in the NL Program students must attend a minimum of 2 of the 4 screening sessions at the location they would like to participate in. Students may choose to attend all 4 screening sessions to improve their skills. As there are only 20 spots available per location, the screening are used to determine the top candidates per location.
Screening Sessions: Wet & Dry sessions: bring swim suit/towels
-The screening sessions are designed to ensure that the students have sufficient skills to attempt the NL program. Attending a screening session does not guarantee admittance to the program or successful completion of the program
-If there are more students then spots available, the students will be ranked on their skills and the top students will be offered a spot in the program (20 spots available per location)
-If you are admitted to the program, students must attend and participate in ALL classes.
Once you are notified by a TSLP staff that you are successful in completing the Screening Sessions, you will become enrolled in TSLP. The program runs from October 2017 – March 2018, and you will be working towards obtaining your Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross & National Lifeguard, Instructors and Standard First Aid CPR “C” ultimately working towards becoming a certified & qualified Instructor and Lifeguard.
*In order to be successful in the program, participants must attend and participate in ALL classes. If a class is missed, the student will no longer be allowed to continue on with the program.
Incompletion of Swim Assessment – Wading Pool Program
Students that are unable to complete the Swim Assessment are welcomed to participate in the Wading Pool Program which can certify students as a Wading Pool Attendant with Standard First Aid-CPR-C.