This is the first level in the Red Cross Preschool Program. The “first time” distinction, is to differentiate between brand new swimmers to the un-parented level vs toddlers who have experienced the Sea Otter level before. Swimmers work on assisted front and back floats and glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim one-metre upon completion of this level.
Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim two metres upon completion.
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive and will be able to swim 15 meters continuously upon completion of this level.
This level develops the foundation for making wise choices on where and when to swim. Front crawl and diving are introduced. Children will work on deep water floats and changing direction in the water.
Participants continue to refine their front crawl and back glides with shoulder roll for back crawl. Swimmers work on kneeling dives, surface support and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits.
Back crawl is introduced along with sculling skills and whip kick on the back. Participants try stride dives and are introduced to safe boating skills. The dolphin kick and a 50-metre swim build endurance.
Front and back crawl continue to be refined as the elementary back stroke is introduced. Students learn safety on ice, rescue of others with throwing assists, treading water and the front dive.
Participants continue to build skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke and are introduced to whip kick on the front. Students are made aware of airway and breathing obstructions.
This level is an introduction to breaststroke, feet-first surface dives and rescue entries. Students learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults.
Participants are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness. They learn head-first surface dives, standing dives, wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice.
This level has a final assessment of the strokes for technique and distance, and introduces ideas for warm-up and cool-down. Participants learn about sun safety, rescue of others from the ice, head-first and feet-first surface dives.
One-on-one time is spent working on swim criteria in the participant’s specific swimming level. For an additional cost, another participant of similar swimming skills may be registered in one private lesson. Please bring the original progress card to the instructor at the start of the session so they can check off items that have been completed. Contact a Customer Experience Representative at 780-960-5080 to register additional swimmers.
Private lessons cost $105 for 5 classes | $84 for 4 classes
Additional swimmers: $75 (5 classes) | $60 (4 classes)
This course 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 defense and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Includes CPR A. Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13 years of age.
Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13 years of age.
The WSI course is designed to provide candidates with the proper knowledge and skills to teach swimming and water safety while promoting water-safe attitudes in, on, and around the water. This course will provide you with the instructional knowledge and theories on topics including teaching methods, learning styles, swimming skills, communication, safety supervision, injury prevention, and feedback. The course will include the following components: skills evaluation, online module, teaching experience, classroom and pool modules.
Prerequisite: 15 yrs old, Standard First Aid or Bronze Cross, Swim Kids 10.
This course is the pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and with partners. They learn CPR and develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes CPR A and AED. Prerequisite: None
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 (NL) certification.
Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13 years of age.