Lifeguard & First Aid Training

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Become a Lifeguard at the North Peace Leisure Pool

The North Peace Leisure Pool is a fun, exciting place to work. We offer flexible hours, and a great team environment. To become a qualified lifeguard you must successfully complete the following courses:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C (16 hours) or Aquatic Emergency Care
  • National Lifeguard
  • Water Safety Instructor

Once complete, check out the Job Board for upcoming jobs here at the NPLP!

Home Alone Course

This program is designed to provide children 9 to 11 years of age with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. It will help them understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations, and keep them safe and constructively occupied. The program focuses on group discussions, problem solving, role-playing, and instructor-led demonstrations. The Student Reference Book is designed to allow the program participants to actively participate in class assignments. It provides a review of the program material, as well as additional information that will be of value to the students.

Upon the completion of this program, each child will to able to:

  • Establish a daily routine
  • Manage their time more efficiently
  • Identify what responsibilities they have while being home alone
  • Demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency and how and when to call 911
  • Understand the basics of first aid procedures

Prerequisites: Age 9 - 11

Babysitting Course

Offers basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth 11-15 years old. Participants learn how to provide care to children in a variety of age groups, and how to prevent and respond to emergencies. The course also offers youth the skills to promote themselves as babysitters to prospective families.

Prerequisites: Ages 11 - 15 years

Bronze Star

Bronze Star is a pre-Bronze Medallion program that helps prepare candidates for success in Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. Candidates develop WaterSmart® confidence and learn basic lifesaving and resuscitation skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes 400 meter timed swim.

Prerequisites: 8 years old (recommended 12 years old), ability to swim (Level 4)

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion 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. Participants develop stroke efficiency and endurance in timed swims (500 meters). Includes CPR-A.

Prerequisites:  Must be 13 years old OR have completed Bronze Star.

Bronze Cross

This course is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic facilities. Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies, while developing stroke endurance and fitness training skills. Bronze Cross includes the CPR-C certification and is one of the pre-requisite awards for all advanced Lifeguarding and Leadership training programs. Bronze Cross is also worth 2 Grade 11 High School Credits.

Prerequisites:  Bronze Medallion

National Lifeguard

The National Lifeguard - Pool Option is designed to develop the fundamental values, judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness required by lifeguards. The NL course emphasizes the lifeguarding skills, principles, practices and the decision making processes which will assist the lifeguard to provide effective safety supervision in swimming pool environments.

Prerequisites: Standard First Aid with CPR-C (16 hour course) OR Aquatic Emergency Care certification, Bronze Cross certification, & 16 years of age by last day of course

National Lifeguard Precert/Recert

Prerequisites: Participants MUST have had a National Lifeguard certification within the last 2 years and show that they once held certification in Standard First Aid, as well as government issued ID.

Standard First Aid 

Comprehensive two-day course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. Course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines.

Prerequisites: 14 years of age

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

This course develops instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan and teach the Red Cross Swim continuum: Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids and AquaAdults programs. The course focuses on how to effectively apply the information learned in the Assistant Water Safety Instructor course to the Red Cross Swim programs. Other topics include instructional emergency response skills and stroke development, drills, and corrective strategies. Candidates apply their teaching skills and knowledge during several hours of practical teaching.

Prerequisites: Age 15+, able to demonstrate Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10 strokes and skills, Emergency First Aid certification or equivalent (Standard First Aid with CPR-C also accepted)

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Recertification

Prerequisites: Must be currently certified as a Water Safety Instructor.

Lifesaving Instructor (LSI)

A Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) is trained to teach and evaluate the Canadian Swim Patrol program, Bronze programs, Fitness and Excellence programs. Instructor candidates are taught learning styles and teaching methods as they apply to water rescue, first aid, and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation.

Prerequisites: 16+

Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) Recertification

Prerequisites: Must be currently certified as a Lifesaving Instructor.

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Address: 9505 - 100 Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 4N4
Phone: 250.787.8178
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