First Aid and Lifesaving Programs

Whether you are working towards your National Lifeguard Certification, looking for Worksafe Certification, or just want to have emergency first aid skills to keep your friends and family safe; the BV Pool and Recreaction Centre has you covered.

Did you know you can receive credit from school by taking your lifesaving, lifeguarding, and Swim for Life Instruction Courses?

Junior Lifesaving Programs

Introduction to Lifeguarding

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Swimmer 7 - Rookie Patrol

For children 8 years old + who can...

  • Stride entry and compact jumps
  • Legs only surface support 45sec.
  • Back and front crawl 100m
  • Head-up front crawl
  • 300m workout

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Canadian Swim Patrol provides enriched training for young swimmers who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim with introduction to water proficiency, first aid and recognition and rescue skills. As an on-ramp to lifesaving, lifesaving sport and lifeguarding, the prerequisite is the ability to swim.

Swimmer 8 - Ranger Patrol

For children who have completed Swimmer 7.

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Canadian Swim Patrol provides enriched training for young swimmers who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim with introduction to water proficiency, first aid and recognition and rescue skills. As an on-ramp to lifesaving, lifesaving sport and lifeguarding, the prerequisite is the ability to swim.

Swimmer 9 - Star Patrol

For children who have completed Swimmer 8

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Canadian Swim Patrol provides enriched training for young swimmers who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim with introduction to water proficiency, first aid and recognition and rescue skills. As an on-ramp to lifesaving, lifesaving sport and lifeguarding, the prerequisite is the ability to swim.

Junior Lifeguard Club

For ages 8-14 years, must be able to swim one length of the pool independently and tread water for 1 minute.

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JLC teaches lifesaving skills in an aquatic environment.

Activities include first aid skills, water safety, rescues, diving, endurance swimming, simulated real life scenarios, fitness and lifeguarding hand signals. Kids have a great time learning what it takes to be a lifeguard.

Bronze Star

This program is designed for those wishing to attend the Bronze Medallion program, but are not yet 13 years old.

Pre-requisite: 12 yrs+

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Pre-Bronze Medallion training program that develops problem-solving and decision-making skills as well as basic lifesaving and resuscitations skills needed to be safe and help others be safe around water.

How to Become a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Pool Based Senior Lifesaving

Start your path to become a Lifeguard

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Bronze Medallion

Pre-requisite: 13 yrs or must hold a Bronze Star

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Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn advanced lifesaving techniques for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims in varying water depths.

Bronze Cross

Pre-requisite: Must hold a Bronze Medallion

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Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safety supervision. As the Lifesaving Society’s Assistance Lifeguard program, Bronze Cross hones judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness to prepare candidates for success in National Lifeguard (NL) and instructor certifications.

Swim For Life Instructor

Pre-requisites: Bronze Cross and 15 years+

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The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course trains candidates to the Competency Level 1 knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to teach the Society’s Swim for Life® and Canadian Swim Patrol programs.

National Lifeguard Certification

Candidates must hold SFA/CPR-C certification (need not be current), Bronze Cross and be 15 years old by the last day of the course.

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This is the last step needed to become a lifeguard. The focus of this course is to teach the candidates the prevention of aquatic-related accidents via facility analysis, recognition of the different related emergencies and the importance of practice.  Candidates must hold SFA/CPR-C certification (need not be current), Bronze Cross and be 15 years old by the last day of the course.

This course is offered as there is enough interest. Call to put your name on the interest list.

LSI - Lifesaving Instructors

Next course coming up is a re-certs.

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This is the program that will allow candidates to instruct the Bronze Medals Program. It focuses on delivering the teaching method to lifesaving candidates taking the Bronze programs. Allows the candidate to teach Junior Lifeguard Club, Canadian Swim Patrol Program, [email protected], Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross. Pre-requisite: 15 yrs+ and Bronze Cross.

The full course is offered based on demand. Call to add your name to the interest list.

First Aid Courses

Get certified for work or for your own knowledge.

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CPR - Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (LVL C)

Learn CPR for children, infants and adults including use of AED.

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Learn CPR for children, infants and adults, dealing with airway obstruction, and the primary survey beneficial to all types of first aids. This program will also introduce AED - Automated External Defibrillation. It discusses the practicality of an AED unit, how to use it, and when the AED will deliver a 'shock.'

Standard First Aid with CPR C

This program is a prerequisite to the NL program.

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In addition to CPR C, candidates learn how to deal with victims suffering from broken bones, bleeding, types of burns, and many other medical emergencies. This program is a prerequisite to the NL program.

Worksafe LVL1/Emergency First Aid

Emergency First Aid is a WorkSafeBC Occupational Level 1 equivalent and can be used in the workplace.

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Emergency First Aid is a WorkSafeBC Occupational Level 1 equivalent and can be used in the workplace. You will learn lifesaving skills such as CPR/AED and obstructed airway procedures to respond to adult, child and infant emergencies. You will also learn to recognize and respond to respiratory and circulatory emergencies including asthma, allergic reactions, heart attack, stroke and bleeding.