EXTRACURRICULAR LIFESAVING PROGRAM
EXTRACURRICULAR LIFESAVING COURSES
Thanks to the QUEBEC GOVERNMENT’S 15028 MEASURE, all Quebec secondary schools can offer the following lifesaving courses to all their students for FREE.
* Please note that the Lifesaving Society does not offer the courses, it is the aquatic facility.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
- All secondary school students who are able to swim two laps (50 m)
- Promotes a healthy lifestyle
- Access to GUARANTEED EMPLOYMENT starting at age 15 (with Medal or Bronze Cross)
- Allows secondary school students to become lifeguards and instructors for FREE
- A course can cost $250 to $500 per student
- Lifesaving courses can be offered on weekends and weeknights
- All TRANSPORTATION COSTS are also covered by the 15,028 measure
BRONZE STAR — 10 hours
All secondary school students who are age 11 and older
- Secondary 1 students are the target audience
- This is not a mandatory course to become a lifeguard
BRONZE MEDALLION — 15 hours (excluding final exam)
All secondary school students who are age 13 at the time of the final exam
- Secondary 2 students are the target audience
- This is the first mandatory course to become a lifeguard
- The Bronze Medallion award allows you to work as an assistant lifeguard starting at age 15.
BRONZE CROSS — 20 hours (excluding final exam)
All secondary school students with a Bronze Medallion award.
- Secondary 3 students are the target audience
- This is the second mandatory course to become a lifeguard
- The Bronze Cross award allows you to work as an assistant lifeguard starting at age 15.
STANDARD FIRST AID — 16 hours
Secondary 3 and 4 students are the target audience
- This is the third mandatory course to become a lifeguard
NATIONAL LIFEGUARD — 40 hours (excluding final exam)
All secondary school students who are age 15 at the time of the final exam
- All students who have a Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid award
- Secondary 4 students are the target audience
- This is the last mandatory course to become a lifeguard
- The National Lifeguard award allows you to work as a lifeguard at age 17.
LIFESAVING INSTRUCTOR — 32 hours
All secondary school students who are age 16 and older.
- All students with a Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard award.
- Secondary 5 students are the target audience
All the necessary equipment is included with the courses, i.e.:
- Procedural masks
- Pocket mask, viral filter and gloves
- Canadian Lifesaving Manual (Bronze Medallion and Cross)
- Canadian First Aid Manual
- Alert: Lifeguarding in Action
- Lifesaving Instructor Pack
A MINIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS is required for a lifesaving course, with a maximum of 12 students. The Lifesaving Society recommends that a MINIMUM OF 5 HOURS be added to each lifesaving course to allow students to perfect their swimming techniques and work on the physical skills required to be a lifeguard.
- Those with a UNIVERSITY TEACHING DEGREE and a current Bronze Cross award are eligible to teach the Lifesaving Society’s Bronze courses (i.e., Star, Medallion and Cross).
- All of the awards listed above are recognized as licences to work, but must be requalified every 2 YEARS. A requalification is an assessment of a lifeguard’s knowledge, skills and fitness to ensure that they are still capable of performing their duties.
If you are interested in implementing this program in your school or have any questions, please contact us at .
PROCEDURE FOR IMPLEMENTING EXTRACURRICULAR LIFESAVING PROGRAMS IN AN AQUATIC FACILITY
1. Verify that your aquatic facility is compliant to offer courses.
- Lifesaving Society courses must be conducted in a compatible training environment. Bronze and National Lifeguard awards require pools that are a minimum of 12.5 m in length (25 m preferred) and a minimum of 1.5 m deep (3 m preferred) and meet the requirements of the Regulation respecting safety in public baths.
2. Contact the Lifesaving Society at to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with all the information and documentation needed to promote lifesaving courses to nearby secondary schools.
3. Contact nearby secondary schools, to present the various lifesaving courses and their accessibility via the 15,028 measure.
4. If a school has multiple students who wish to attend lifesaving courses, determine the course schedule in collaboration with the school.
5. Find an instructor. Although the Lifesaving Society does not have a Lifesaving Instructor database available, here are 3 options to find one:
- On your online dashboard, select FIND A MONITOR in the MY TOOLBOX section, indicate the region in which your facility is located and select the Moniteur en sauvetage qualification.
- Join and use the Facebook page RECHERCHÉS: Évaluateurs et moniteurs en sauvetage. This group was created to help you find lifesaving instructors and evaluators. You can post your request for an instructor there.
- Contact the Lifesaving Society’s mentors, their e-mail addresses can be found on the last page of the Alert magazine.
6. Contact the school to arrange scheduling and transportation to and from the aquatic facility.
PROCEDURE FOR IMPLEMENTING EXTRACURRICULAR LIFESAVING PROGRAMS IN A SCHOOL
1. Contact the Lifesaving Society at to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with all the information and documentation needed to promote lifesaving courses in your school and to your students.
2. Contact nearby aquatic facilities and see if they offer lifesaving courses. If so, present the 15,028 measure and the various lifesaving courses that your school can offer free of charge to every student because of it.
3. Survey the students in your school, while also explaining the different courses and their benefits.
4. If several students are interested in taking a lifesaving course, determine the course schedule in collaboration with the aquatic facility and initiate registration.
5. Contact the aquatic facility to arrange scheduling and transportation to and from the school.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTION: Can a student who has previously completed Bronze Medallion coursework, which was not covered by the 15,028 measure, take the Bronze Cross and subsequent courses covered by the measure?
ANSWER: The 15,028 measure covers all of the lifesaving courses listed above for all secondary students.
QUESTION: Is the 15-hour training only for the Bronze Medallion course or does it also include the Bronze Cross course?
ANSWER: The Bronze Medallion training is 15 hours (excluding the final exam) and the Bronze Cross training is 20 hours (excluding the final exam). Each course must be completed independently.
QUESTION: If a school decides to offer the Bronze Medallion course, will students have to wait until the following year to take the Bronze Cross course?
ANSWER: It is possible to offer more than one lifesaving courses per school year.
QUESTION: If a group of students already has the Bronze Medallion award, is it possible for them to register for only the Bronze Cross course?
ANSWER: It is not mandatory to follow the Lifesaving Society’s aquatic continuum, it is only a recommendation. If students already have an award, they can follow the next course.
QUESTION: Why are there no prerequisites for the Standard First Aid course?
ANSWER: This course isn’t just for the lifeguard, it was created for anyone looking to learn advanced first aid.
QUESTION: The nearest aquatic facility is a 35-minute drive from the secondary school, is it still possible to offer lifesaving courses with the 15,028 measure?
ANSWER: Extracurricular lifesaving courses can be offered on weekends and weeknights. In addition, all transportation costs are covered by the 15,028 measure, so the distance between the school and the aquatic facility should not be a problem.
QUESTION: Is the Bronze Medallion course only available to students age 13?
ANSWER: The Bronze Medallion course is available to students age 13 and older. It is not mandatory to follow the Lifesaving Society’s aquatic continuum, it is only a recommendation. If students already have an award, they can take the next one.
QUESTION: Can lifesaving courses be offered with students from two different secondary schools in order to have one group of 12 students instead of 2 groups of 6 students?
ANSWER: Unfortunately not. A lifesaving course offered in an extracurricular setting can only be offered to students from one school. Pairing students from two schools are not permitted.
QUESTION: Can secondary school lifesaving courses be merged with courses offered to the general public?
ANSWER: Unfortunately not. Extracurricular lifesaving courses can only be offered to students from one school. The pairing of secondary school students with the general public is not permitted.
QUESTION: Do I have to requalify my Bronze Cross and National Lifeguard award in order to be current?
ANSWER: No. You only need to requalify your most recent award, i.e. the National Lifeguard.
QUESTION: Is it mandatory for a secondary school teacher to teach lifesaving courses in order for them to be covered under the 15,028 measure?
ANSWER: Lifesaving courses may be offered by all those with a university degree in education and a current Bronze Cross award. They can teach the Bronze courses (i.e., Star, Medallion and Cross), but they can also be offered by a Lifesaving Instructor who does not work for the school.