Aquatic Emergency Care/AED

You own an aquatic facility or work in one? The Aquatic Emergency Care/AED award is required by the Regulation respecting safety in public baths, which stipulates that owners of aquatic facilities whose water plan surface is less than 100 m2 (such as hotels and campings) must ensure that an employee with this certification is on site.


This 20-hour training will teach you the principles underlying first aid techniques that must be performed for the most common injuries around aquatic environments, and treatments to administer to victims in cardiopulmonary arrest. You will focus on basic lifesaving techniques, victim removal, entries into water, spinal-injury victim management in the aquatic environment and rescuing an unconscious or non-swimmer victim.

Moreover, you will learn to provide basic treatments in order to immobilize an injury, to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and to administer epinephrin with an auto-injector. At the end of this course, you will be able to quickly recognize abnormal signs and symptoms and to apply the necessary measures.


  • AEC 20h : No prerequisite
  • AEC 6h : up-to-date Standard first aid certificate or up-to-date First aid from CNESST  

Award validity

2 years

Course content


Item 1 - Standard first aid principles

Item 2 - Legal aspects of an intervention

Item 3 - Emergency procedures

Item 4 - Carrying an injured victim

Item 5 - Communications with the emergency response services

Item 6 - Anatomy and physiology

Item 7 - Prehospital assessment

Item 8 - Primary assessment


Item 10 - Chain of Survival™

Item 11 - Resuscitation techniques – Adult and child

Item 12 - Airway obstruction – Conscious adult and child

Item 13 - Airway obstruction – Unconscious adult and child

Item 14 - Rescue breathing complications or specific situations

Item 15 - AED operation

Item 16 - Two-rescuer CPR and AED


Item 17 - Shock / fainting

Item 18a - Convulsions

Item 18b - Glycemia-related problems

Item 19a - Cardiovascular emergencies

Item 19b - Respiratory emergencies

Item 19c - Intoxication

Item 19d - Abdominal pains


Item 20a - Cold-related problems

Item 20b - Heat-related problems

Item 20c - Burns

Item 20d - Drowning


Item 21 - Bleeding

Item 22 - Head and spinal injuries 

Item 23a - Musculo-skeletal injuries – Upper limbs

Item 23b - Soft tissue injuries

Item 23c - Thoracic injuries

Item 23d - Facial injuries


Item 25 - Entries / Removals

Item 26- Management of a spinal injury in an aquatic environment

Item 27a - Rescue - Unconscious victim

Item 27b - Rescue - Non-swimmer victim

Item 27c - Rescue - Injured victim

Item 27d - Rescue - Submerged victim