Aquatic Emergency Care

Aquatic Emergency Care
Description: 

Take your lifesaving training to the next level! If you are planning to be a professional lifeguard or looking for more comprehensive first aid and lifesaving training, Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) will give you the edge. AEC provides hands-on training in the care of injuries and illness common to both aquatic and non-aquatic settings.  AEC includes Standard First Aid and CPR-C in the BC & Yukon Branch.

Please note that since December 2012, the Lifesaving Society only accepts pre-requisites for its National Lifeguard program from one of these recognized Canadian agencies: Lifesaving Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada, Canadian Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Canadian Ski Patrol. If a candidate shows up to a National Lifeguard course with a first aid pre-requisite that is not with one of these recognized agencies will not be allowed to continue with the course.

Prerequisites:
Bronze Medallion Proof of certification
Instructional Time: 

20-24 hours.

Recognition: 

Successful candidates that have shown all pre-requisites will be issued a temporary certification card on the last day of course.  A permanent certification card will be mailed within 60 days.  Please contact us if the temporary card has expired and the permanent card has not been received.

Currency: 

Aquatic Emergency Care is current for 3 years.

NOTE:  An AEC certification issued in the BC/Yukon Branch can be used as a prerequiste to National Lifeguard.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

All the EFA, and SFA items as well as:

  • Demonstrate the recognition and care of an aquatic pressure-related injury.
  • Demonstrate the care of a victim with a suspected spinal injury in shallow water.

Water Rescue 1

  • Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a controlled aquatic environment in which there are two rescuers. The situation is designed to emphasize victim care, removal, and follow up including EMS activation and secondary assessment. Victim has one of the following injuries:
    • soft tissue
    • facial
    • burns
    • bone & joint
    • abdominal & chest

Water Rescue 2

  • Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a controlled aquatic environment in which there are two rescuers. The situation is designed to emphasize rescuer response to a victim’s changing condition. Victim has one of the following conditions:
    • respiratory emergency: asthma, hyperventilation, anaphylaxis, aspiration
    • circulatory emergency: shock, major bleeding, heart attack & angina, stroke
    • environmental emergency: heat & cold illness
    • seizure
    • poisoning
    • diabetic emergency