Assistant Instructor

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Swim Instructor

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Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized.

Prerequisites: 14 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross or higher certification (need not be current). 

Course length: Approximately 15-18 hr.

Evaluation & certification: The Swim Instructor Trainer or Lifesaving Instructor Trainer evaluates and certifies Assistant Instructor candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Reference materials required: Canadian Lifesaving Manual for on-course reference. Our Assistant Instructor Workbook is recommended.

Costs: In addition to the required reference materials, a certification fee is payable to the Lifesaving Society. Course organizers charge a fee to cover the costs of running the course.

Recertification: Assistant Instructor certification does not need to be recertified.

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. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.

Prerequisites: 16 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross or NLS certification (need not be current). Do you have the prerequisites to take this course?

Evaluation & certification: The Swim Instructor Trainer evaluates and certifies Swim Instructor candidates. Do you have the certifications to teach this course? The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

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

Required reference material: Swim Instructor Pac (includes Instructor NotesSwim for Life Award GuideTeaching Swim for Life and Lifesaving Images Binder).

Costs: In addition to the required reference materials, a certification fee is payable to the Lifesaving Society. Course organizers charge a fee to cover the costs of running the course.

Recertification: Instructors remain current by recertifying within 24 months of the last certification date. Recertification is through the Society's professional development credit systemIs it time to recertify?