Adult Lifesaving Program

Adult Lifesaving Program
Description: 

ADULT LIFESAVING PROGRAM

We are pleased to introduce our brand new 3-in-1 Adult Lifesaving Program (ALP), geared specifically towards adults (19 years+).

The ALP is ideal for anyone considering a career in aquatics, for firefighters lookings to enhance their resumes, or anyone currently working in or around an aquatic environment.

Successful candidates will be certified in:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid/CPR-C/AED

Program Components

  • Bronze Medallion: In Bronze Medallion, candidates will learn about the 4 components of water rescues. They will learn about tows and carries as well as defense and release methods for rescues involving victims of various types.
  • Bronze Cross: In Bronze Cross, candidates will further their education and advance their skills. Candidates must complete an endurance swim of 500m in less than 18 minutes.
  • Standard First Aid/CPR-C/AED: In the Standard First Aid/CPR-C/AED portion of the course, candidates will learn about airway, breathing and circulation problems for an adult, child and infant, as well as injuries caused by heat and cold, fractures, bleeding, burns, bone and joint injuries and head and spinal injuries.

Prerequisites:

Candidates must be at least 19 years old and able to swim at least 100 metres continuously.

Unique Features

What makes ALP unique is the extra hands-on time built into the curriculum, for participants to work on swimming strokes and skills to improve their efficiencies in the water.

Upon completion of the ALP, candidates will be certified Lifesavers, and will have all the necessary prerequisites to enroll in the National Lifeguard Pool course needed to complete their lifeguarding certificates.

Top-Notch Instruction

Taught by a highly qualified and experienced instrucor, this program covers three courses in a condensed format making it a one-stop-shop for your lifesaving courses!

Prerequisites:
--Minimum 19 years of age
--Able to swim at least 100 metres continously
Instructional Time: 

49.5 hours total instructional time, consisting of both dry and wet sessions.

Recognition: 

Successful candidates will be issued a temporary certification card (one for each component; Bronze Medallion & Cross, and Standard First Aid/CPR-C/AED) on the last day of course. A permanent certification card, badge and medal will be mailed within 60 days. Please contact the Branch if the temporary card has expired and the permanent card has not been received.

Currency: 
  • Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross are ‘lifetime awards’ which means that both certifications do not need to be current in order to take further lifesaving training (e.g. National Lifeguard Pool). If an individual requires a Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross for employment purposes (e.g. Sailing Instructor), it must be current within two years. The ‘lifetime award’ designation does not apply when used as a vocational certification (for employment purposes).
  • Standard First Aid is current for 3 years.
Evaluation and Other Items: 

Bronze Medallion:

H2O Proficiency

  • Demonstrate accuracy in throwing buoyant aids. Throw aids a distance of 8 m placing them within 1 m of the centre of a target three times out of four.
  • Simulate self-rescue techniques for the following environments/circumstances:
    • Ice
    • Moving water
    • Swamped or capsized boat
  • Starting in the water, demonstrate a 20 m head-up approach and surface dive to recover a submerged victim. Return to the starting point, using a control carry to support and carry the victim.
  • Demonstrate three defences (from the front, side and rear) and three releases (from the front, side and rear). Assume the ready position and communicate verbally after each defence or release.
  • Swim head-up 6 x 25 m, maintaining a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Check your pulse after the last repeat.
  • Swim 500 m continuously, in 15 minutes, using any combination of strokes of the candidate’s choice.

First Aid

  • Demonstrate rescue breathing and one rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin, for the following circumstances:
    • Adult and child victims
    • Complications in resuscitation (vomiting, gastric distention)
    • Adaptations (mouth-to-nose, stoma, jaw-thrust)
  • Simulate the treatment of:
    • A conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway
    • Complications involving a pregnant woman and a person who is obese
    • Simulate the treatment of an unconscious adult or child with an obstructed airway.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate recognition and care of a victim suffering from the following circulatory emergencies:
    • Shock
    • Heart attack or angina
    • External bleeding
    • Stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Recognition and Rescue

  • Walk around an aquatic environment, evaluate the ongoing activities and, where appropriate, model safe behaviour choices.
  • Recover and immobilize a conscious breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury in shallow water. Demonstrate recovery and immobilization with both a face-up and a face-down victim. Recruit and direct bystanders to assist.
  • Perform a logical underwater search of a specified area, to a maximum depth of 3 m.
  • Perform a non-contact rescue in an aquatic situation designed to emphasize a low-risk rescue, victim care, removal with bystander assistance, and follow-up—including contact with the Emergency Medical System (EMS).
  • Perform a rescue of a non-breathing victim located in deep water, 5 m from a point of safety. Simulate a situation, in an unsupervised environment, designed to emphasize victim care, removal with bystander assistance and follow-up—including contact with EMS.
  • Perform a rescue of a distressed or drowning victim in open water, with a 20 m approach and 20 m return. Simulate a situation designed to require either a contact or non-contact rescue, with emphasis on victim recognition and appropriate care.

Bronze Cross

H2O Proficiency

  • Starting on a deck, dock or beach, perform an entry and swim a 50 m head-up approach with a shoulder loop and line, or rescue tube, to a passive victim or manikin. Tow the victim 50 m to safety.
  • Swim head-up for two sets of 6 x 25 m, 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 continuously, in 18 minutes, using any combination of strokes.

First Aid

  • Demonstrate primary assessment of a conscious victim and an unconscious victim, including:
    • Level of consciousness
    • Airway
    • Breathing
    • Circulation
    • Major bleeding
    • Mechanism of injury
  • Demonstrate secondary assessment of a victim, including:
    • Vital signs
    • Head-to-toe survey
    • History
  • Demonstrate rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin for the following circumstances:
    • Adult, child and infant victims
    • Complications in resuscitation (vomiting, gastric distention)
    • Adaptations (mouth-to-nose, stoma, jaw-thrust)
  • Demonstrate two rescuer adult, child and infant CPR on a manikin.
  • Simulate the treatment of:
    • A conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway
    • Complications with a pregnant woman and person who is obese
  • On a manikin, simulate the treatment of a conscious infant with an obstructed airway.
  • Simulate the treatment of an unwitnessed unconscious adult, child or infant with an unobstructed airway.
  • Demonstrate the care and treatment of a victim suffering from hypothermia.

Recognition and Rescue

  • Walk around an aquatic environment, evaluate the ongoing activities, and demonstrate how to educate peers about safe aquatic leisure choices. Evaluate and correct, where appropriate, hazardous conditions in unsupervised areas.
  • Recover and immobilize a face-down non-breathing victim, found in deep water with a suspected cervical spinal injury. Transport the victim to shallow water and recruit and direct a trained bystander to assist. Demonstrate rescue breathing and the ability to manage vomiting while maintaining immobilization.
  • Using bystanders, organize a logical underwater search of an area with both shallow and deep water to maximum depth of 3 m.
  • Perform a rescue involving two or more victims. Simulate a situation where one victim requires rescuer assistance, while the other victim(s) can follow directions for self-rescue and assist as bystanders once they have reached a point of safety. Simulate a situation that is designed to emphasize communication skills, victim care, removal, and follow-up, including contact with the Emergency Medical System (EMS).
  • Perform a rescue of a submerged, non-breathing and pulseless victim. Simulate a situation that is designed to emphasize victim care, removal and follow-up including contact with EMS.
  • Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a two rescuer situation. Swim a 50 m approach and a 50 m return. Simulate a situation that is designed to emphasize either contact or non-contact rescues, victim care, removals and follow-up, including contact with EMS.
  • Perform a rescue of a victim suffering injuries or with conditions that emphasize rescuer response to deteriorating circumstances. Include the use of bystanders and a 20 m approach and a 20 m return.

Standard First Aid

Principles of first aid
Through practical activities wherever possible, demonstrate an understanding of the principles of first aid.

Legal implications of first aid
Through practical activities wherever possible, demonstrate an understanding of the legal implications of providing first aid treatment.

Anatomy & physiology of cardio-respiratory system 
Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy & physiology of cardio-respiratory system.

Personal protective equipment
Demonstrate the use of universal precautions for the prevention of disease transmission, including barrier devices, hand washing, and gloves.

Bystanders & EMS
Demonstrate the effective direction of bystanders to activate EMS.

Patient assessment: unconscious
Demonstrate the recognition and care of an unconscious, breathing patient.

AED operation
Demonstrate how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

One-rescuer CPR: adult 
Demonstrate one-rescuer adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin, includes AED use, dealing with complications and adaptations.

Obstructed airway: conscious adult
Simulate the treatment of a conscious adult with an obstructed airway and the adaptation for a pregnant woman or person who is obese.

Obstructed airway: unconscious adult
Demonstrate the treatment of an unconscious adult with an obstructed airway on a manikin.

Patient assessment: conscious
Demonstrate assessment of a conscious, breathing patient including scene assessment and primary assessment.

Respiratory emergencies
Demonstrate the recognition and care of asthma, hyperventilation and anaphylaxis.

Circulatory emergency: 
Demonstrate the recognition and care of a patient suffering from:

  • shock
  • major bleeding
  • heart attack or angina
  • stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Critical incident response 
Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of a critical incident on patients, rescuers, and bystanders, as well as the potential consequences of an unsuccessful rescue.

One-rescuer CPR: child
Demonstrate one-rescuer child cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin, includes AED use, dealing with complications and adaptations.

One-rescuer CPR: infant
Demonstrate one-rescuer infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin, includes AED use, dealing with complications and adaptations.

Two-rescuer CPR: adult, child & infant
Demonstrate two-rescuer adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin.

Obstructed airway: conscious child
Simulate the treatment of a conscious child with an obstructed airway.

Obstructed airway: conscious infant
Demonstrate the treatment of a conscious infant with an obstructed airway.

Obstructed airway: unconscious child
Demonstrate the treatment of an unconscious child with an obstructed airway on a manikin.

Obstructed airway: unconscious infant
Demonstrate the treatment of an unconscious infant with an obstructed airway.

Injury management:

Demonstrate the recognition and care of a soft tissue injury.
Demonstrate the recognition and care of facial injuries.
Demonstrate the recognition and care of burns.

Medical emergency: 
Demonstrate the recognition and care of a seizure patient.
Demonstrate the recognition and care of a patient suffering from a diabetic emergency.

Skeletel emergency:
Demonstrate the recognition and care of an abdominal and chest injury.
Demonstrate the recognition and care of a bone and joint injury.
Demonstrate the recognition and care of a patient with a suspected head and spinal injury.

Environmental emergency: 
Demonstrate the recognition and care of a patient suffering from (heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke) and (hypothermia and frostbite).
Demonstrate the recognition and care of a patient suffering from a suspected poisoning.

 

Assists & land carries 
Demonstrate one assist and two carries appropriate for the safe removal of a patient from a hazardous environment or towards further treatment and comfort.