Junior Lifeguard Clubs

 

About Lifesaving Sport

Lifesaving sport is the only sport whose skills are first learned for humanitarian purposes. Through lifesaving sport, the Lifesaving Society seeks to engage and inspire youth in our drowning prevention mission.

Objectives of Lifesaving Sport are:

  • To support the drowning prevention work of the Lifesaving Society and its humanitarian mission.
  • To provide athletes, coaches and officials with opportunities for participation in lifesaving sport at all levels from developmental to high performance.
  • To position the Lifesaving Society internationally as a leader in lifesaving sport.

About the Junior Lifeguard Telegames

The Lifesaving Society’s Junior Lifeguard TeleGames are inter-club level competitions held at aquatic facilities throughout the year.  InTeleGames, competitors have the opportunity to experience lifesaving sport events in a fun and encouraging competitive environment.

For more information, see the Junior Lifeguard Telegames 

REGISTER YOUR LIFESAVING CLUB

Lifesaving Affiliates are encouraged to form a club and promote awareness of Lifesaving Sport. Through the development of Lifesaving Sport programs and clubs, youth have the opportunity to become active, increase their personal fitness, learn about competing fairly and setting personal goals.

  • Only registered Clubs and their members can participate in Lifesaving Sport Branch Competitions and the Junior Lifeguard Telegames.
  • There is no charge to register your Club. 
  • Your Club's information will be promoted on our website.
How do I get my Junior Lifeguard Club involved with Telegames?
 

Who can teach/coach Junior Lifeguards?

Lifesaving Instructors and those certified as a Lifesaving Sport Coach 1 can teach the Sport Fundamentals program, the base skills for Junior Lifeguard Telegames and competitions.

How do I become a Lifesaving Sport Coach?

Take a course! The only pre-requisite is to be a Lifesaving Instructor! Courses are continually available; look on Find-a-Course on at lifesaving.bc.ca for the location and time that works best for you.

What resources are there for Instructors and Coaches?

The Lifesaving Society has several resources for you – go to the Lifesaving Sport page on the website and check them out.

Available in The Shop:

  • Junior Lifeguard Club Coaches Manual
  • Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals

Branch Support:

  • Resourses will continually to be added to the Website for coaches and Clubs.
  • Courses Clinics and workshops are being planned.
  • The Branch is avialble to provide direct help to our affilates in program design.

What is The Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Program?

This program teaches Lifesaving Sport skills to those swimmers who are at least 8 years old and can complete the Swim to Survive Standard. For the challenging Waterfront Module swimmers who are 8 years old must have completed a learn to swim program to participate.

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals offers participants a recreational introduction to Lifesaving Sport skills. The program also teaches team building, fair play, ethics in sport and responsibility.

Lifesaving Sport competition opportunities are available through TeleGames, as well as regional and provincial events.Complements Other Lifesaving Society Programs:

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals keeps children and youth involved in this unique lifesaving program. Content builds on learn-to-swim skills and enhances future participation in other Society programs.

Keeps Kids Active:

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals promotes a healthy lifestyle for children and youth giving them the opportunity to keep active.

Uses the True Sport Principles:

Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep it Fun, Stay Healthy and Give Back are principles taught throughout all levels of this program. The fundamentals of Long Term Athlete Development are also an important component.

Easy Administration:

Affiliates and Lifesaving Clubs will receive support during implementation and while running Lifesaving Sport programs. We offer Affiliate workshops on the implementation of the programs, Telegames and Jr. competitions. Give us a call and schedule one for your staff.

Strong Leadership Training:

The Lifesaving Society offers coaching certification for the Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals program. This certification provides the coach with the necessary tools and training to ensure participants have a unique experience.

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals has two modules:

The POOL and WATERFRONT modules are available in the BC & Yukon Branch.  Affiliates and Lifesaving Clubs can offer one or both modules.

THE POOL MODULE 

Four levels (1-4) with content areas organized as follows:

  • Lifesaving Sport Principles
  • Starts, Turns, Transitions and Finishes
  • Swim Proficiencies
  • Lifesaving Sport Skills

THE WATERFRONT MODULE

Six levels (1-6) with content areas organized as follows:

  • Lifesaving Sport Principles
  • Craft Proficiencies
  • Running Proficiencies
  • Swim Proficiencies
  • Fitness Proficiencies
  • Knowledge & Safety

Programming Lifesaving Sport Pool & Waterfront Fundamentals

Program Staff:

Program staff must be current Lifesaving Instructors, Lifesaving Sport Coach level 1 (recommended) and current National Lifeguards.

THE POOL MODULE   

Program instructors/coaches must not exceed their current instructor-to-participant ratio as described in your safety plan.

THE WATERFRONT MODULE

As this is an open water class, the maximum class size for anyone instructor must not exceed 12.  A second instructor or lifeguard must be within call at all times while participants are in the water. A safety plan should be developed and all instructors trained in its content prior to taking participants to the waterfront for training.

 

Lifesaving Club Essentials

Programming Lifesaving Sport

When considering the Addition of Lifesaving Sport to your aquatic program line-up, it is essential to know what you want to achieve and for whom you are programming. Aquatic programmers face the challenge of keeping their programs engaging and holding the interest of swimmers beyond the basics of learning to swim.

If you are concerned about improving your registration numbers in the Bronze Family and aquatic leadership programs the addition of Lifesaving Sport has been shown to improve interest in completing aquatic leadership courses. Lifesaving Sport contributes to the success of participants in leadership programs and provides an exceptional opportunity for recruiting skilled swimmers and lifesavers to your staff.

Integrating Lifesaving Sport

If adding Lifesaving Sport to your current lineup is your primary goal then look to develop a program flow that leads swimmers into Lifesaving Sport once they have completed the learn-to-Swim program.

Opportunity #1 - Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals (Pool & Open Water)

In this program design swimmers progress as they would through the learn to swim path.

The Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals program targets 8-12-year-olds who can meet the Society's Swim to Survive® standard - roll into deep water, tread water for 1 minute and swim at least 50 metres.

Lifesaving Fundamentals offers participants a recreational introduction to lifesaving sport skills. The program also teaches team building, fair play, ethics in sport and responsibility.

Lifesaving Sport competition opportunities are available through TeleGames, as well as regional and provincial lifesaving sport events.

Children are encouraged to register with their age group. There is no failure in this program. Swimmers move with their age group and as individuals may master some skills at different times.

Consider pairing Sport Fundaments with The Canadian Swim Patrol to get kids on the road to lifeguarding.

Ages 8-10 /11&12

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Sport Fundaments

Swim Patrol

Time ( in water)  9-10 week session

Level 1

 

30 min 1 x per week

Level 2

Rookie

30 min 1 x per week

Level 3

Ranger

45 min 1 x per week

Level 4

Star

45 min 2 x per week

Level 5

Bronze Star

60 min 2 x per week

 

Ages 13-15 

Sport Fundaments

 

Time ( in water) (9-10 week session)

Level 1&2

Bronze Star

60 min 2 x per week

Level 3&4

Bronze Med

90 min 2 x per week

Level 5

Bronze Cross

90 min 2 x per week

Opportunity #2 - The Junior Lifeguard Club

Integrating JLC/Sport Fundamentals and Canadian Swim Patrol

  • Adding a Junior Lifeguard Club to your program will provide a new and challenging aspect to your exciting program line-up
  • You can earn Lifesaving Awards without leaving the Club: Canadian Swim Patrol Awards - Rookie Patrol, Ranger Patrol, Star Patrol
  • The Waterlog allows Club members - and their parents - can track individual progress in aquatic skills, lifesaving knowledge and activities the promote both leadership and teamwork in their personal Waterlog by earning recognition seals.

Friends Can Join Together

  • The Junior Lifeguard Club is designed for members with different abilities. Friends (and siblings) can join the Junior Lifeguard Club together even if they are of different ages and different abilities
  • There is no "failure" in the Junior Lifeguard Club. Members enjoy high activity challenges in a learning environment where personal effort and success are recognized. 

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals is a five-level Pool program organized as follows:

  1. Lifesaving Sport Principles
  2. Starts, Turns, Transitions & Finishes
  3. Swim Proficiencies
  4. Lifesaving Sport Skills

The Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Program offers a recreation introduction to lifesaving sport skills while teaching team building, fair play, ethics in sport and personal responsibility. 

  • The program builds on the learn-to-swim skills for kids 8-12yrs of age and compliments other Lifesaving Society programs such as Swim Patrol program. 
  • The program keeps kids active by promoting a healthy lifestyle to children which will be with them for a lifetime. 

Lifesaving Sport uses the True Sport Principles: Go for it, Respect Others, Keep it Fun, Stay Healthy and Give Back and incorporates the fundamentals of Long-Term Athlete Development.

The Canadian Swim Patrol (CSP) is a 3-level pre-Bronze award progression that delivers "work hard/play hard" training for skilled swimmers 8-12 years old.

  • Canadian Swim Patrol is designed to take young swimmers beyond the learn-to-swim program and to provide them with basic lifesaving skills.

Rookie, Ranger and Star Patrol programs each have three modules:

  1. Water Proficiency
  2. Recognition & Rescue
  3. First Aid
  • Candidates each recognition for success in content modules (stickers) and for overall award achievement (badges).

Waterlog Recognition Seals

You can earn 7 different kinds of Recognition Seals for:

  • Community Education
  • Leadership/Teamwork
  • Lifesaving Knowledge
  • Lifesaving Skills
  • Swimming Skills
  • Fitness
  • Competition = TeleGames

Junior Lifeguards

Ages 8-12

Sport

Fundaments

Lifesaving Program

& Waterlog

Sept-June

Time ( in water)

Novice

Level 1 & 2

 

30 min - 2 x per week

Group B

Level 2 & 3

Rookie/Ranger

45 min - 2 x per week

Group A

Level 3-5

Star – Bronze Star

60 min - 2 x per week

 

Lifesavers

Ages 13-15

Sport 

Fundaments

Lifesaving Program

& Waterlog

Sept-June

Time ( in water)

Rookie

Level 1 - 3

Swim Patrol

30 min -2 x per week

Group BB

Level 4 - 5

Bronze Star

60 min -2 x per week

Group AA

Athletic Develop

Bronze Med - Cross

90 min -2 x per week

 

Opportunity #3 - Creating a Lifesaving Sport Club

     Lifesaving Clubs can be organized by a current Branch affiliate which registers the members, programs the practices and hires the coaching staff. 

       Lifesaving Clubs can become a registered Branch Affiliate administered by a Board of Directors which registers the members, programs the practices and hires the coaching staff.

As registered affiliates Lifesaving Clubs are welcome to offer the full range of Lifesaving programs or focus solely on Lifesaving Sport programs; Sport fundamentals (pool & Open Water), Junior Lifeguard, and the Lifesaving Athlete Development Program.

Junior Lifeguards

Ages 8-12

Sport

Fundaments

Lifesaving

Program

Sept-June

Time ( in water)

Novice

 

Level 1 & 2

 

30 min - 2 x per week

Group B

Level 2 & 3

Rookie/ Ranger

45 min - 2 x per week

Group A

Level 3-5

Star – Bronze Star

60 min - 2 x per week

 

Ages 13-15

Athletic Develop

Bronze Med-Cross

60-90 min - 2 x per week

Ages 15+

Athletic Develop

NL

60-90 min - 2 x per week

Masters 30+

Athletic Develop

Bronze Med-Cross, NL

60-90 min - 2 x per week