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The Lifesaving Society of Manitoba has been in existence for over 96 years and in this time, has taken an active role in providing training and resources to educate the general public and offer aquatic programs to Lifesaving Society affiliates, such as Brandon's Community Sportsplex, in an effort to train individuals to become water smart. The Sportsplex is proud to be offering Manitoba Lifesaving Society's lifesaving, lifeguarding, and instructing courses to anyone wishing to develop or instruct aquatic lifesaving and fitness skills, as well as to those wishing to pursue a lifeguarding or instructing career.

 

STEP 1

 BRONZE STAR (includes CPR A)   

DATES: TBA

 For youth under 13 years of age. Youth 13 and older can by-pass Bronze Star and enroll directly in Bronze Medallion.                                                                                      

Course description: Designed to deliver high-performance training for skilled pre-teens who are interested in continuing to swim, but may not meet the age requirement for Bronze Medallion. This is the first level of the Bronze Family and is an excellent preparation tool for success in Bronze Medallion. Ability is the only pre-requisite, however completion of Swim Kids level 10 is recommended. Highlights of Bronze Star include a 400 meter swim in 12 minutes; 100 meter lifesaving medley in 3 minutes; head-up swims; swim & inflate clothes; entries from a height; weight support for 3 minutes; land spinals; CPR; solo & partner rescues; hand signals; sport submerged object and water searches.

 A current Canadian Lifesaving Manual, a barrier device and a whistle with coil will be provided to each participant on the first course date.

NOTE: Course withdrawals may be subject to a 30% administrative fee.

Course Length: 15 hours (including exam)

Course pre-requisite: none (successful completion of the Swim Kids program or equivalent is highly recommended) 

 Additional course materials required by the participant:

  • Long shirt and pants

Course expiry date: Two years from date of exam. To re-certify, candidates must complete an entire re-certification exam.

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 STEP 2 

BRONZE MEDALLION (includes Lifesaving Emergency First Aid) 

Fridays, January 23 & 30 - 7pm-10pm

Saturdays, Jan. 24 & 31 - 10am-5pm

Sundays, Jan. 25 & Feb. 1 - 10am-5pm

COST: $170.00

 For youth 13 years of age and older who wish to become a lifeguard or who want to gain valuable lifesaving skills and increase their strength and endurance in the water.

 Course description: Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness.  Candidates learn tows, carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for the challenge of increased risk in rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Candidates learn how to do child CPR and how to manage spinal injured victims in shallow water. They also develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. In addition to Bronze Medallion, candidates also receive their Lifesaving Emergency First Aid (LEFA) certificate. Included in the LEFA course is airway management and CPR for an adult, child, and infant, as well as bleeding management and treatment for shock.  Bronze Medallion is the pre-requisite to Bronze Cross (Bronze Medallion award does not need to be current in order to enroll in Bronze Cross).

 Course Length: 30 hours (including exam)

 Course pre-requisite: All registrants are required to prove successful completion of Bronze Star OR prove to be 13 years of age as of final course date at the time of registration. The Canadian Lifesaving Manual, the Canadian CPR Student Manual, a barrier device with gloves & a whistle with coil are included in the course cost and will be handed out to each course participant on the first course date. Candidates not requiring one or more of these required materials can receive a deduction off the course fee at the time of registration. Participants are expected to attend this course in it's entirety.

 NOTE: Course withdrawals may be subject to a 30% administrative fee.Additio

 Course materials:

Canadian Lifesaving Manual

  • Lifesaving First Aid Manual
  • Barrier device & whistle
  • Long shirt and pants

 Course expiry date: Two years from date of exam. To re-certify, candidates must attend a four hour refresher prior to completing an entire recertification exam

 The option to challenge the Bronze Medallion exam is open to individuals opting to take the exam without completing the 25-30 hours of corresponding classroom & in-water preparation associated with this course. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that participants complete the entire course at least once, some individuals may be required to complete the course multiple times based on the recommendations of the course instructor. In the event an individual incompletes the Bronze Medallion exam, the instructor may consider this challenge to be a viable option for the student. Challenging the exam is also open to individuals who were once certified in this course, but have since let their award expire. There is a 2-3 hour refresher prior to the exam.

 BRONZE MEDALLIAN CHALLENGE

Date: TBA (please call 729-2476 to request a challenge to be set up)

COST: $56.50

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 STEP 3

BRONZE CROSS (includes Lifesaving Standard First Aid)

 Fridays, January 23 & 30 - 7pm-10pm

Saturdays, January 24 & 31 - 10am-5pm

Sundays, January 25 & Feb. 1 - 10am-5pm

COST: $170.00

 Course description: Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is the pre-requisite award for all advanced training programs including the National Lifeguard Service (NLS) award and the Lifesaving Instructor (LSI mega course) certification. Candidates successfully completing the Bronze Cross course will also receive a CPR C certification.

 Course Length: 30 hours (including exam)

Course pre-requisite: Bronze Medallion (does not need to be current)

Course materials:

  • Canadian Lifesaving Manual
  • Canadian First Aid Manual
  • Lifesaving CPR Student Manual
  • Barrier device and whistle

Course expiry date: Two years from date of exam. To re-certify, candidates must attend a four hour refresher prior to completing an entire recertification exam.

 Bronze Cross Challenge

Date: TBA (please call 204-729-2476 to set up a challenge)

Cost: $56.50

The option to challenge the Bronze Cross exam is open to individuals opting to take the exam without completing the 25-30 hours of corresponding classroom & in-water preparation associated with this course. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that participants complete the entire course at least once, some individuals may be required to complete the course multiple times based on the recommendations of the course instructor. In the event an individual incompletes the Bronze Cross exam, the instructor may consider this challenge to be a viable option for the student. Challenging the exam is also open to individuals who were once certified in this course, but have since let their award expire. There is a 2-3 hour refresher prior to the exam.

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STEP 4

NATIONAL LIFEGUARD SERVICE(NLS) Award

Saturdays, March 7, 14 & 21 - 9am-6pm

Sundays, March 8, 15 & 22 - 9am-6pm

COST: $350.00

NEW! - PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ALL THEIR PRE-REQUISITES BEFORE WE CAN REGISTER THEM INTO THE COURSE.  Before registering, please ensure that you hold a Standard First Aid certification (SFA) and not just the Emergency First Aid (EFA).  The difference is the SFA is a 16 hour course where the EFA course is only 8 hours in length.

 (Pre-requisites needed are listed below) 

Course description: NLS builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the lifesaving awards of the Lifesaving Society. This course helps candidates develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards. NLS is recognized as the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada, and is the minimum requirement necessary to lifeguard in Manitoba. NLS is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and a mature and responsible attitude of the role of the lifeguard. The primary role of the NLS lifeguard is the prevention of emergency situations and where this fails, the timely and effective resolution of emergencies. NLS also prepares lifeguards to fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatics.

 Course Length: 50 hours (including exam)

 Course pre-requisite: all registrants are required to provide the following at the time of registration:

  •  Standard First Aid (level C CPR) certificate - (doesn't need to be current)
  • Bronze Cross certificate (doesn't need to be current)
  • proof of age (driver's licence or birth certificate indicating a minimum age of 16 as of the exam date for this course).

 A current edition of the Alert: Lifeguarding in Action manual and the National Lifeguard Award Guide will be handed out to each course participant on the first course date. Course participants are required to bring a current edition of the Canadian Lifesaving Manual, barrier device with gloves & whistle with coil to this course in it's entirety. Should the NLS candidate need to purchase one or more of these required materials, please notify the front desk at the time of the registration. Participants are expected to attend this course in it's entirety.

 NOTE: Course withdrawals may be subject to a 30% administrative fee.

 Course Materials:

  • Canadian Lifesaving Manual
  • Alert, Lifeguarding in Action Manual
  • National Lifeguard Award Guide
  • Barrier device and whistle

 Course expiry date: Two years from date of exam. To maintain status as a lifeguard in the Province of Manitoba, candidates must successfully complete a 4 hour recertification prior to the current NLS award's expiration date. Candidates not actively guarding within the Province of Manitoba have five years from their exam date in which to successfully complete an eight hour re-certification. Candidates not successfully completing a re-certification within five years from their exam date will be required to successfully complete an entire course.

 Failure & re-evaluation: candidates that fail must complete the entire course. 

 If you already have a current Canadian Lifesaving Manual, a current Alert: Lifeguarding in Action manual, a current National Lifeguard Award Guide, a barrier device and/or a whistle with coil we will deduct the cost of all or each of these items from the total course cost.

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Lifesaving Society Re-certifications

NEW!!    NLS Pre-certifications

Due to changes with the Lifesaving Society, the hours for the NLS re-cert has been changed from 8 hours to 6 hours.  Because of the reduction in hours, there will be no reviews or practise time in the re-cert.  For those who would like the opportunity to review and practise, we have set up these NLS pre-certification to enable the candidate to ask questions of the NLS examiner and to allow for in-water practice time prior to the re-cert.

 DATES - TBA

 

This re-certification is required every 2 years to maintain a current NLS certification. Currency is necessary for all lifeguards using their NLS for employment purposes. Candidates whose NLS certification is not re-certified in a 5 year period will have to re-take the NLS course.

 

 EMPLOYMENT: Individuals 16 years of age may be hired as a lifeguard/instructor at Brandon's Community Sportsplex if they hold a current NLS award, a current WSI certificate, and a current Standard First Aid (CPR C) certificate at minimum.

 

 STEP 5

LIFESAVING & FIRSTAID INSTRUCTOR/EXAMINER COURSE (LFAI/E) - (formerly known as the Instructor Lifesaving Mega Course)

 DATES - TBA

 

 This course includes the Lifesaving Instructor certification, which trains candidates to teach and evaluate the following:

  • Canadian Swim Patrol
  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • Lifesaving Fitness
  • Distinction
  • Lifesaving Advanced Instructor
  • CPR Instructor Certifications
  • Examination Standard Clinic

 

  Required Materials:

  • A current edition of the Swim Patrol Award Guide, the Bronze Medals Award Guide, the Distinction Award Guide, the Lifesaving First Aid Award Guide, the First Aid and CPR Instructor resource CD, the Canadian First Aid Manual, the Lifesaving CPR Student Manual, the Instructor Notes, and the Manitoba Program Guide will be handed out to each course participant on the first course date. Course participants are required to bring a current edition of the Canadian Lifesaving Manual, barrier device with gloves, whistle with coil, pen, paper & appropriate swimming attire to this course in its entirety.

 

 Pre-requisites:

  •  Standard First Aid (level C CPR) certificate - (doesn't need to be current)
  • Bronze Cross certificate (doesn't need to be current)
  • Proof of age (driver's licence or birth certificate indicating a minimum age of 16 as of the final date for this course).

 

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Lifesaving and First Aid Instructor/Examiner (L&FAI/E) Re-certification

DATE:  TBA

 Lifesaving and First Aid Instructor/Examiners must attend the 8 hour re-certification clinic in order to maintain their certification. Topics covered include: instructing and marketing the Lifesaving Society first aid programs, instructing skills and techniques from Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross courses, etc. Candidates must bring their CLSM and Award Guide. This certification applies to candidates who formerly took the LSI Mega course or the Lifesaving & First Aid Instructor/Examiner course.

  

Required Materials:

  • Please remember to bring all current or expired certificates pertaining to this award (Lifesaving Instructor, Lifesaving First Aid Instructor, Examiner-Bronze Cross, Examiner-Distinction)

 

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must have successfully completed the Lifesaving and First Aid Instructor/Examiner Course (formerly called the Lifesaving Mega Course) within the past 5 years.

 

 

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