Lifesaving Courses with Aqua Essence

Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross Programs

Aqua Essence’s Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross programs cater to the individual learning styles of our students. Class size is limited to five students, guaranteeing that each participant receives personal attention throughout the program. We have designed our Bronze programs as “crash courses” that meet the scheduling needs of students without compromising skill development.

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Bronze Star

Minimum age of 11

The Bronze Star course prepares students for success in Bronze Medallion. It is a 10-12 hour course during which participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in pairs. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. The program includes a timed 400 m swim. There is no pre-requisite to take this course.

Cost: $350.00 plus tax and pool admission (cost of supplies not included)

Descriptions adapted from the Lifesaving Society website at lifesaving.mb.ca

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

Candidates must have a minimum of either a Level 10 Red Cross Swim Award, a Bronze Star award, or must be 13 years old.

Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles that make up the four components of water rescue: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk. Lifesavers learn to respond to increasingly complex situations involving conscious and unconscious victims in contact and non-contact rescues. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance with a timed swim.

The Emergency First Aid course is for people who want a general knowledge of first aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include: victim assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, AED use, choking, respiratory and circulatory emergencies such as heart attack and stroke, bone and joint injuries, burns, poisoning, medical/legal issues, and how to deal with external bleeding. CPR-A is included.

Cost: $350.00 plus tax and pool admission (cost of supplies not included)

Supplies needed are:
Canadian Lifesaving Manual and Canadian First Aid Manual, and Leadership Kit

Must be able to perform the following requirements:

  • Swim head up 6 x 25 M or YD, maintaining a consistent pace and work to rest ratio. Check pulse after the last and repeat.
  • Swim 500 M, or 550 YD in 15 minutes or better using any combination of strokes of the candidate’s choice.

The course is a combination of classroom and pool learning. Generally the mornings are spent in the classrooms and the afternoons are at the pool. Candidates should be able to provide their own transportation.

Our candidates who complete Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross perform better than their peers in higher level courses and have greater success finding related employment.

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Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid

Candidates in the Bronze Cross program must have a Bronze Medallion.

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 teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, and teamwork. Lifesavers learn the skills involved in the rescue of a victim with a spinal injury, the rescue of a victim without a pulse, and the rescue of a victim with deteriorating circumstances.

The Standard First Aid course provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. This course is for those who want an in-depth understanding of first aid. It includes all of the content for Emergency First Aid as well as spinal injuries, heat/cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies. CPR-C is included.

Cost: $350.00 plus tax and pool admission (cost of supplies not included)

Supplies needed are:
Canadian Lifesaving Manual, Canadian First Aid Manual, and Leadership Kit.

Must be able to perform the following requirements:

  • Swim head-up for 2 sets of 6 x 25 M or YD while maintaining a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Rest for 1 minute between sets. Check your pulse after the last repeat in each set.
  • Swim 600 M or 650 YD in 18 minutes or better using any combination of the candidates’ choice.

The course is a combination of classroom and pool learning. Generally the mornings are spent in the classrooms and the afternoons are at the pool. Candidates should be able to provide their own transportation.

National Lifeguarding

Aqua Essence is proud to deliver the Lifesaving Society  National Lifeguarding Program. The program is the standard of excellence in water rescue, accident prevention, and emergency care.

To qualify for NL, you must be at least 16-years-old and have your Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid.

NL is a 44-hour course, held in multiple locations (students are responsible for their own transportation). Aqua Essence assigns only 5 candidates per instructor allowing for significant individual attention.

Cost: $500 plus tax and pool admission, includes supplies, does not include leadership kit

NL Recertification: $150.00 plus tax and pool admission

Prerequiste: Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid 

** The required Standard First Aid must be listed in the Manitoba Public Health Act P210: Swimming Pools and Other Water Recreational Facilities Regulation M.R. 68/2015. (Lifesaving Standard First Aid, Lifesaving Aquatic Emergency Care, Red Cross Standard First Aid, St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid, Criti-Care Standard First Aid, Safety Services Manitoba Standard First Aid, Heart Beat Inc. Manitoba Standard First Aid).**

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Successful candidates will:

  • Demonstrate anaerobic fitness and strength for an object recovery
    Starting in the water, swim 15 metres and surface dive to recover a 9 kg (20 lb.) object; surface and carry the object 5 metres – all within 40 seconds
  • Demonstrate anaerobic fitness and skill for an underwater swim
    Starting in the water, submerge and swim 15 metres underwater.
  • Demonstrate anaerobic fitness
    Starting in the water, swim 50 metres head-up within 60 seconds (50 yd. within 55 sec).
  • Demonstrate endurance and strength for a submerged manikin or victim recovery and rescue
    Starting in the water, swim to recover a submerged manikin or victim located 25 metres away; carry the manikin or victim 25 metres – all within 90 seconds (50 yd. within 82 sec.).
  • Demonstrate aerobic fitness and endurance
    Swim 400 metres within 10 minutes (400 yd. within 9:10 minutes).

Lifesaving and First Aid Instructor (LSI) Course

Become an Aquatic Lifesaving expert. This Lifesaving Society certification allows successful candidates to teach Lifesaving courses such as Bronze Star, Medallion, and Cross. LSI holders can also instruct the society’s Swim For Life curriculum, Swim Patrol, and Emergency/Standard First Aid including CPR-C. This only scratches the surface; you will become knowledgeable about a wide variety of skillsets and circumstances and pass that knowledge down to your students.

Prerequisites:

  • At least 16 years of age by the last day of the course
  • Bronze Cross by first day of course (does not need to be current)
  • Standard First Aid by first day of course (does not need to be current)
  • Standard First Aid must be from a Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health recognized location

Completion Criteria:

  • Attend and participate in 100% of all LSI course components (44 Hours Minimum)
  • Candidates must show an aptitude for instructing and be competent with all Lifesaving Society programming

Lifesaving Fitness

The Lifesaving Fitness course is a weekly program that teaches the importance of physical fitness in lifesaving. The course is an ideal choice for students wanting to keep their skills up before attaining their next lifesaving level.

All participants must be 30 years of age or younger, or have medical approval. It is recommended that swimmers have completed level 8 of the Red Cross program prior to taking this course.

Successful candidates will earn a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Fitness Award crest, certification card.

Cost: $28.50 plus tax per class, plus pool admissions

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Candidates will be tested on the following:

  • Strength & endurance: Demonstrate an understanding of how to evaluate and improve strength and endurance fitness for lifesaving and physical activity.
  • Intensity & strength: Demonstrate ability to evaluate intensity of activity and personal strength.
  • Rescue breathing: Demonstrate rescue breathing for a period of 3 min. at pool- or dockside (victim and rescuer in deep water) with a victim of the candidate’s choice or with a suitable device (manikin or equivalent).
  • Power: Swim any stroke (dive start) 25 m or yd. or 20 yd. in Bronze, Silver or Gold time.
  • Endurance: Swim any stroke (dive start) 200 m or yd. in Bronze, Silver or Gold time.
  • Upper body strength: Demonstrate ability to get out of the water onto a pool deck or dock using only the arms to lift self from the water and place one foot on the deck or dock.
  • Supportive kick: While treading water, hold a 4.5 kg or 10 lb. object at the surface with one or two hands for Bronze, Silver or Gold time.
  • Removal of object: Remove a 9 kg (20 lb.) object located at a depth of 3 m or yd. and at a distance of 3 m or yd from dock or poolside; surface, carry and place on dock or deck.
  • Tow: Tow a passive victim (in Bronze, Silver or Gold time), with a suitable buoyant device (ring buoy, kickboard, rescue can or tube, etc.); rescuer and victim to start in the water.
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