Become an Instructor

Do you want to teach swimming? Gain the knowledge to teach and evaluate skills and strokes in an aquatic setting. Take one or all three of the Instructor programs and become certified through the Red Cross and/or Lifesaving society to teach people of all ages how to swim and be safe around an aquatic setting.

Red Cross
Instructor

Swim
Instructor

Lifesaving
Instructor

Advanced/
Examiner

Red Cross Instructor

Candidates will be certified to teach the Red Cross Swim Program (Preschool, Swim Kids, Adult and Teens). The course is taught through a blended learning module that includes: swim strokes and skill evaluation, online training, practice teaching, and classroom training.

Prerequisites

• 15 years of age by the end of the course;
• Emergency first aid
• Ability to swim and preform the skills at a Red Cross swim kids 10 level. (Assessment of the skills will be done at the beginning of the course)
• Recommended, Bronze Cross or NLS certification (need not be current).

Candidate recognition

Certification card. Valid for 24 months

Course includes

1. Skills and Strokes screening (4 hr)
2. Online module
3. Teaching hours (10 hr)
4. In Class and Pool (20 hr)

Reference material

Water Safety Instructor Workbook, Red Cross Deck Book. Includes the online module PIN

Transfer Course

If you are a swim instructor from another agency (Lifesaving or YMCA) and wish to receive your Red Cross Instructors you must attend a transfer course and complete the online module and teaching experience hours.

Life Saving Swim Instructor

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program.

Prerequisites

• 16 years of age by the end of the course;
• Bronze Cross or NLS certification (need not be current).

Candidate recognition

Certification card. Valid for 24 months

Course Length

20 hr. stand-alone course (40 hr. when combined with a Lifesaving Instructor course).

Reference material

Swim Instructor Pac (includes Instructor Notes, Swim for Life Award Guide, Teaching Swim for Life and Lifesaving

Recertification

Instructors remain current by recertifying within months of the last certification date. Recertification is through the Society’s professional development credit system.

Lifesaving Instructor

The Lifesaving Instructor course prepares individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Society’s lifesaving and first aid awards. Because the Society’s first aid courses are recognized by Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), the Society complies with WSIB’s request that only “first aid instructors” teach WSIB-approved courses. Successful candidates on the Lifesaving Instructor course receive two certification cards: Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor. Current Lifesaving Instructors are certified to teach: Canadian Swim Patrol Program, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Fitness, Distinction


Current Emergency First Aid Instructors are certified to teach and certify candidates in: Basic First Aid, Emergency First Aid and CPR-A, B.

Prerequisites

• 16 Years of age
• Bronze Cross or NLS Certification (Need not be current)

Candidate recognition

Certification card. Valid for 24 months

Course Length

20 hr. stand-alone course (40 hr. when combined with a Lifesaving Swim Instructor course).

Reference material

Lifesaving Instructor PAC – Add in

Advanced Instructor

The Advanced Instructor course provides additional training for instructors who wish to teach the advanced awards such as National Lifeguard, Standard First Aid. The course covers: principles of planning; teaching adults; methods of presentation; how to use audio-visual aids; running a course including evaluation procedures and guidelines for apprentices.

Prerequisites

Lifesaving Instructor certification.

Candidate recognition

Certification card.

Course includes

Approx. 5-6 hr.

Recertification

Advanced Instructor certification is good for life and need not be recertified.

Examiner

The Lifesaving Society appoints examiners to evaluate and candidates in the Society’s training programs. Examiners are experienced instructors who undergo specific training in examination standards and apprenticeship with experienced examiners.

Prerequisites

• Instructor certification in the award(s) for which the instructor wishes to be appointed an examiner
• Participation in an Examination Standards Clinic (ESC)
• Successful co-exams with an experienced examiner in the award(s) the instructor wishes to be appointed an examiner Upon completion of the above prerequisites, the instructor must submit the application for examiner appointment to the relevant Area Chair for consideration.

Standards Clinic

Approx. 8 hr. classroom and water time. The Examination Standards Clinic (ESC) focuses on the evaluation of the Bronze medal awards and Emergency First Aid.

Reference Materials

Canadian Lifesaving Manual, Award Guides, Examiner Training Records.

What our clients are saying

Mindy Says…

“I wanted to send a special thank you to Debbie, Liat and Erin who ALL went above and beyond to make my daughter’s swimming lesson a success yesterday. She went from refusing to get in the water, to sitting on the edge with Liat, to swimming lengths with her instructor. All within a half hour. My daughter has anxiety relating to new experiences and potential failure. Everyone worked together to ensure there was a plan in place she was comfortable with and let her have the sense of control she needed.”

– March, 2016
Ali Says…

“All of my kids love swimming at Davina’s Swim House. All of the instructors are well trained to work with children and create a fun and enjoyable safe environment.”

– May, 2016
Lucy Says…

“We love the clean warm salt water pool at Davina’s. As a mother of a parent and tot I thought I would not enjoy the experience of going in the water with my little one, but Davina’s facility is so warm and welcoming I look forward to my class each week. My 18 month loves swimming and is progressing into a little swimmer. She loves jumping, going under and singing songs on her back. Thank you Davina’s Swim House for making this experience memorable.”

– March, 2016
Cindy Says…

“My 4 year old was reluctant to swim. He hated to get his hair wet, wailed when on his back and would not wear goggles. After the 2nd class he was laughing, proud of himself and going under water! He is happy to to come to swim and looks forward to swimming all week. Davina’s Swim House is teaching Liam to swim and be confident in the water. I am ready to enjoy my summer swimming with my son!”

– April, 2016
Ronell Says…

“Out of the many children programs our children has been enrolled in, the staff at Davina is by far the “BEST”! Both our children, Sage and Ocean are extremely excited to see the staff every week. Your professionalism, patience and passion for swimming; in addition to your love for children is felt by many!”

– May 2016