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Become a Lifeguard

Train to Save Lives

Credit Union Place offers training for experienced swimmers to become lifeguards through its Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and National Lifeguard programs.

Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid 

Bronze Medallion (20 hr.); Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500 m timed swim.

Emergency First Aid (8hrs); is for people who want a general knowledge of first aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include: victim assessment, CPR, choking, and what to do for external bleeding, heart attack, stroke, wounds and burns. Includes CPR-B certification. 

Swimming Lesson Instructor

*Prerequisite must be 16 years of age and have a Bronze Cross Certificate (not need to be current)

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course (20hrs) prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. 

Bronze Cross

*Prerequisite must be 13 years of age and have Bronze Medallion & EFA certificate (not need to be current)

Bronze Cross (20hrs): Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Includes a timed 600 m swim.

National Life Guard & Standard First Aid

*Prerequisite must be 16 years of age and have Bronze Cross certification (not need to be current)

Lifeguarding is an exciting and rewarding job that carries great responsibility. Guards take courses and train hard for events they hope will never happen and which they work hard to prevent. NLS guards are always in training to keep their skills, knowledge and fitness sharp. They are required to keep other important certifications such as CPR and first aid up-to-date. Some are trained in advanced treatments like using oxygen or in the use of specialized equipment like defibrillators and personal watercraft.

National Lifeguard Re-certification

*Prerequisite must be 16 years of age, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid (need not be current).Please note that this re-certification does not renew your Standard First Aid certificate.

National Lifeguard certification is Canada's professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard's role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400 m endurance challenge. 

For information on any of these lifesaving courses, please contact:
Meghan Colvin-Daley
 [email protected]

Register for courses at the Credit Union Place Reception Desk or by clicking here

Credit Union Place Reception Desk

City of Summerside, 511 Notre Dame St, Summerside, PE  C1N 1T2

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