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Swimming Lessons & Aquatic Leadership Programs

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Swim Lesson Equivalency Table

Red Cross Swim Preschool Red Cross Swim Kids
Level Completed Class To Register For
Starfish not applicable
Duck not applicable
Sea Turtle not applicable
Sea Otter not applicable
Salamander Level 1 (5 years old)
Sunfish Level 2
Crocodile

Incompleted - Level 2
Completed - Level 3

Whale Level 3

On the first day of class, please bring your child's previous progress card to their swim instructor and receive a free two for one swim admission.

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If registering into a multi-level swim class, please inform the instructor of your child's swim level on the first day of class.

Private lessons are available and can be booked online, by phone or in person.  There is no guarantee that your child will have the same instructor if booking more than one private lesson. Preschool private lessons are not available at Crestwood Pool - only SK 3-10.  If your child has special learning needs, please let your instructor know prior to the 1st lesson.

If unsure what class to register your child in for swimming lessons, we do swim assessments free of charge.  Please call Michelle @ 403.529.8366 or email mickno@medicinehat.ca  to set up a time.

Aquatic Leadership Programs

Bronze Medallion

Pre-course requirements: 13 years old

Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgement, 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.

Bronze Cross

Pre-course Requirements: Copy of Bronze Medallion Certificate (need not be current)

Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.

National Lifeguard Pool

Pre-course Requirements:

  •  16 years old by last day of class
  • Copy of Bronze Cross Certificate (need not be current)
  • Copy of current (within 12 months) Standard First Aid certificate OR AEC and Level “C” CPR certificate
  • Proof of age (birth certificate or driver’s license)

National is the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada. LS education is designed to develop the sound understanding, responsibilities and skills required of a lifeguard.

National Lifeguard Waterpark

 Pre-course Requirements:

  • Copy of National Lifeguard Pool certificate (need not be current)
  • Copy of current Standard First Aid certificate OR AEC and Level “C” CPR certificate
  • Proof of age (birth certificate or driver’s license)

Learn to deal with the challenges of the Water Park environment, including waves, water slide and multiple pools.

National Lifeguard Waterfront

Pre-course Requirements:

  • Copy of National Lifeguard Pool certificate (need not be current)
  • Copy of current Standard First Aid certificate OR AEC and Level “C” CPR certificate
  • Proof of age (birth certificate or driver’s license

Learn to deal with the challenges in a Waterfront environment. 

Water Safety Instructor

Pre-course Requirements:

  • 15 years old
  • Copy of one or more of the following:
    ›   Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard certificate, OR
    ›   Emergency First Aid certificate or higher, OR
    ›   Bronze Cross certificate

* Note - certifications need not be current
** Skill Assessment and Course must be booked together

This course further develops instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan and teach the Red Cross Swim Program continuum. Other topics include instructional emergency response skills and stroke development, drills and corrective strategies. Candidates apply their teaching skills and knowledge during 9 - 11 hours of practical teaching experience.

 

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