Swim Safe Saskatchewan is Dedicated to Teaching Water Safety and Skill Development to Swimmers around Saskatchewan

Swim Safe Saskatchewan is Dedicated to Teaching Water Safety and Skill Development to Swimmers around Saskatchewan

Swim Transition

On January 11, 2022 the Red Cross announced that they will be winding down their involvement with all swim and lifeguard programming, asking their training partners to transition to Lifesaving Society programs for learn-to-swim lessons as well as lifesaving and lifeguard training. They are requiring that organizations cease to offer Red Cross Swim program, including preschool and kids swimming lessons, by the end of 2022. This transition may feel overwhelming, so we want to extend our services to all Saskatchewan facilities to ensure that all instructors and lifeguards around the province receive quality training.

Swim Safe 306 is a Lifesaving Society affiliate and is available for hire, to help with your transition from Red Cross to Lifesaving Society programs. The Lifesaving Society has created an easy transition path for both instructors and lifeguards. Details on these transition paths can be found at lifesavingsociety.sk.ca. Key points:

  • The Lifesaving Society is encouraging seasonal facilities to transition prior to the summer season.

  • Lifeguards: Those who hold a Red Cross Lifeguard certification are to attend a National Lifeguard recertification course to obtain the National Lifeguard certification.

  • Instructors: Those who hold a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification are to attend an in-person transfer course or take an online clinic directly through the Lifesaving Society to obtain their Swim Instructor certification.

  • All participants will be required to purchase their own manuals. Certification fees will be waived for all people transferring into the Lifesaving Society Programs. 

 

We have trainers who know the Red Cross programs, have worked with both Red Cross and Lifesaving Society programs for over 10 years, and can help your staff make the smoothest transition to these new programs. Our trainers are available to come to your facility to train your staff to become either or multiple, based on their current Red Cross certifications:

  • Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor – to teach learn-to-swim lessons to all ages

  • Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructors – to teach lifesaving courses including Bronze Star, Medallion and Cross

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguards

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Transition to Lifesaving Society Programs

 

Swim Safe 306 is available to come to your facility to provide training for your instructors and lifeguards to transition them to the Lifesaving Society programs. Please read through the "Transition Training" document at the bottom of this section and to request a quote please fill out and return page 2 to swimsafe306@gmail.com.

 

For lifeguard training:

  • We will provide the National Lifeguard recertification course at your aquatic facility; a single session will be schedule for 5-6 hours for up to 12 participants per trainer.

  • We will bring all manuals, which lifeguards can purchase directly from us at the start of their session if they wish.

  • We will bring all equipment and supplies that are needed for this course and take care of all administrative requirements to certify your lifeguards.

 

For swim instructor training:

  • We will provide either: an in-person transfer course at your facility OR an instructor development session to build off the online instructor clinic; a single session will be scheduled for 5-6 hours for up to 12 participants per trainer.

  • We will bring all manuals, which lifeguards can purchase directly from us at the start of their session.

  • We will bring all equipment and supplies that are needed for this course and take care of all administrative requirements to certify your instructors.

We will be scheduling training sessions based on availability from March 1 to December 1, 2022 and will attempt to accommodate each organization's ideal training date. 

If your organization is a Red Cross Training Partner and would like Swim Safe 306 to come to you to train your staff in these new certifications:

Please fill out this form “Transition Training” and

return to swimsafe306@gmail.com to request a quote:

Lifesaving Society Recertifications

 

Swim Safe 306 is available to come to your facility to provide recertification training for your lifeguards and professional development training for your instructors.

 

Please read through the "Recertification Training" document at the bottom of this section and to request a quote please fill out and return page 2 to swimsafe306@gmail.com.

 

For lifeguard training:

  • We will provide the National Lifeguard recertification course at your aquatic facility; a single session will be schedule for 5-6 hours for up to 12 participants per trainer.

  • We will bring all manuals, which lifeguards can purchase directly from us at the start of their session if they wish.

  • We will bring all equipment and supplies that are needed for this course and take care of all administrative requirements to certify your lifeguards.

 

For swim instructor training:

  • We will provide either: an in-person transfer course at your facility OR an instructor development session to build off the online instructor clinic; a single session will be scheduled for 5-6 hours for up to 12 participants per trainer.

  • We will bring all manuals, which lifeguards can purchase directly from us at the start of their session.

  • We will bring all equipment and supplies that are needed for this course and take care of all administrative requirements to certify your instructors.

We will be scheduling training sessions based on availability from March 1 to December 1, 2022 and will attempt to accommodate each organization's ideal training date. 

If your organization already employs Lifesaving Society Instructors and Lifeguards and would like Swim Safe 306 to provide recertification courses and/or instructor development sessions:

Please fill out this form “Recertification Training” and

return to swimsafe306@gmail.com to request a quote:

More Information

Details about the Red Cross announcement can be found at: 

Information about the Swim Transition can be found at: 

Do not hesitate to reach out to us, or the Saskatchewan Lifesaving Society, if you have any questions.

Date requests for training will be held for 15 days from the date of issue of quote.

To secure training dates a 10% non-refundable deposit will be required within 15 days from the date of issue of quote.

The cost for training will be calculated depending on number of participants and number of sessions needed. Cost for all sessions will include instructor wages, certification fees, travel, equipment, supplies, and administrative tasks.

Note: the Lifesaving Society has waived certification fees for transfer courses, but has not waived recertification fees for current Lifesaving Society certifications, so candidate certification fees must still be applied to recertification courses.