1 Professional Lifeguard certification for the waterfront. The course covers prevention and response to lifeguard emergencies specific to the Canadian waterfront, create a safe environment, work in teams, and handle public relations in a professional manner. Thecandidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria and complete final skills and knowledge assessments..

Duration: 40 hours

Prerequisite: 15 years of age; Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard certification; current Standard First Aid with CPR Level C or equivalent

Instructor: Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor or higher

Evaluation: The course is continuously evaluated; final skills and knowledge evaluations

Completion: Attend and participate in 100% of the course; demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities; complete observation assignment during or after the course; pass a knowledge evaluation with a minimum mark of 75%

Certification: 2-year certification as Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard

Recertification: 5 hours minimum

Candidates with a current National Lifeguard Service (NLS) – Waterfront
certification only need to take an 8-hour transfer course.
Candidates with current Red Cross Pool Lifeguard certification only need to
take a 20-hour upgrade course.

Course Content:

>Introduction and the Red Cross
>The Professional Lifeguard
>The Aquatic Environment
>Communication and Injury Prevention
>Supervision and Surveillance
>Rescue Skills

>Head and Spine Injuries
>Responding to Aquatic Emergencies (includes AED
>for candidates who do not have these skills)
>Healthy Aquatic Environments
>On the Job

Course Materials:

>Lifeguard Manual
>CPR/AED Manual (for candidates who have a first aid certification issued by another agency)
>Whistle & wrist bungee (or breakaway lanyard)

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