The focus of this program is safety supervision training for guardians (e.g, day camp counsellors, counsellors-in-training and others) who accompany groups of young people to pools or waterfronts. The course stresses the responsibility undertaken by these group leaders for safeguarding the young people in their care even when under lifeguard supervision.

  • Safeguard focuses on water safety awareness, incident prevention and the principles of aquatic safety supervision.

  • Safeguard teaches participants how to identify hazards and at-risk behaviours, how to recognize potential victims, and how to respond safely in an aquatic emergency.

  • Safeguard training is designed for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. Successful completion of the course is based on active participation in all sessions and evidence of the Must Sees in each item.

--None. Ideally, guardians are at least 12 years old, able to swim, and have some lifesaving experience.
Evaluation and Other Items: 

 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the following in recreational swim settings:

  • The importance of lifeguard supervision and the risks inherent in unsupervised settings.

  • Differences in the safety supervision roles of guardians (e.g., counsellors) and lifeguards.

  • Importance of positioning, vigilance and scanning in safety supervision.

  • Implications for safety supervision of guardians' personal swimming ability.

  • Factors contributing to drowning and Water Smart® messages that promote aquatic safety

2. Demonstrate the ability to identify hazards (facility, location or environmental) and modify

activities accordingly.

3. Demonstrate the ability to recognize distressed swimmers and drowning victims.

4. Demonstrate effective communication with children, fellow staff members, supervisors,

lifeguards, and parents/guardians.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of how to use an aid to rescue a conscious victim in shallow