Why Choose Red Cross Swim?

Research: Our programs are based on research about why and how people drown, injury prevention methodology to promote wise choices, and market research from consumers across Canada, like you.

Quality: Our programs strive to make water safety active, engaging and age appropriate.  Red Cross Water Safety Instructors train for more than 75 hours and have practical teaching experience. Our programs also come with recognition tools to encourage each swimmer’s success. 

Program Content: Red Cross Swim teaches all five strokes (front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke), promotes fitness and endurance, and gives swimmers lifelong skills to safely enjoy other aquatic pursuits. Learn to swim and see where Red Cross Swim can take you or your family.

Recognition: The Red Cross is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world. Chances are many parents and caregivers learned to swim with Red Cross. You may already understand our injury prevention mandate and the value of the programs for your own children

Red Cross Swim Preschool (4 months to 6 years)

Red Cross Swim Preschool is an eight-level stand-alone program for four-month to six-year-old children that allows swimmers to enter various levels based on age and ability.

http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/course-descriptions/swimming-and-water-safety-courses/swimming-lessons/red-cross-swim-preschool--4-months-to-6-years

Red Cross Swim Kids (5 years and up)

Red Cross Swim Kids is a 10-level stand-alone program for five to twelve-year-old children. Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success.

http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/course-descriptions/swimming-and-water-safety-courses/swimming-lessons/red-cross-swim-kids--5-years-and-up

Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens

Red Cross Swim Basics is a two-level learn-to-swim program for adults and teens. Red Cross Swim Strokes is a stand-alone stroke development program for adults and teens, and for participants in Red Cross Swim Kids who require additional work on a stroke to complete the level. Red Cross Swim Sports is a stand-alone sampler of various aquatic sports for adults and teens.

Lifesaving Courses:

Bronze Star (10-12 hr.): excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400 m swim.

Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.)

Evaluation & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate all items and certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Star medal, Bronze Star Award crest, certification card.

Bronze Medallion (18-20 hr.): teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water-rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500 m timed swim.

Bronze Medallion is recognized as the waterfront supervisory certification for Ontario's Recreational Camp Regulation 568.

Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current).

Evaluation & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate most items, but only Bronze Cross Examiners may certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Medallion medal, Bronze Medallion Award crest, certification card.

Required reference material:Canadian Lifesaving Manual

Bronze Cross (18-20 hr.): designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Includes a timed 600 m swim.

Bronze Cross is recognized as an assistant lifeguard certificate in Ontario Regulation 565 governing public swimming pools.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid certifications (need not be current).

Evaluation & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate most items, but only Bronze Cross Examiners may certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Cross medal, Bronze Cross Award crest, certification card.