Deer Lake Aquatics

At the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex, we offer a variety of swimming lessons for all skill levels.

SWIM PRESCHOOL

Age: 4 Months-5 Years

The Red Cross Swim Preschool is a 4 level program which we offer for young children that allows swimmers to enter various levels based on their age and ability.

Each level is represented by an animal mascot that is incorporated into the content to make the lessons engaging and fun through games, songs, and activities.

STARFISH

Age: 4-12 Months

Prerequisites: To enter this level babies must be able to hold their head up.

Orientation to water for babies, and their parent/caregiver.

The goals are to help babies experience buoyance and movement through songs and play in the water, and to teach the parent/caregiver age-specific water safety.

DUCK

Age: 12-24 Months

Orientation to water for toddlers, and their parent/caregiver.

Swimmers learn how to use floating objects for support and explore different water movements through games, songs, and active water play.   The parent/caregiver also learns age-specific water safety.

SEA TURTLE

Age: 3-5 Years

Orientation to water for toddlers, without their parent/caregiver.

Swimmers learn, through fun games and songs how to combine skills, how to kick with a buoyant object and how to perform basic floats, glides, and kicks.

SEA OTTER

Age: 3 to 5 Years

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats, glides, and swim 1 metre.  They alos learn age-appropraite water safety skills.

Swimmers are evaulated based on performance criteria and progress to Salamander once all criteria have been sucessfully completed.

SALAMANDER

Age: 3 to 5 Years

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 2 metres, further develop basic floats and increase their distance on front and back glide.  Front swim and roll-over glide are also included and swimmers learn appropraite water safety skills such as how to jump into deep water and how to use a Personal Floatation Device (PFD)

SWIM KIDS

Age: 5 – 12 Years

The Red Cross Swim Kids is a ten 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.

The program teaches competitve and survival strokes, as well as increasing the distance and speed that each swimmer can achieve, while focusing on making safe decisions in, on and around the water.

Level 1

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, no previous swimming
experience required

Swimmers develop front and back float, front and back glide, flutter kick (assisted), shallow water entries and exits,
and swim 5 metres

Level 2

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids 1

 Swimmers learn front and back glide with flutter kick, develop front swim, complete deep-water activities (assisted) and swim
10 metres continuously

Level 3

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids 2

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with flutter kick, perform flutter kick unassisted, wear a PFD in deep water, float in deep water, and swim 15 metres continuously.

Level 4

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids 3

Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dive,
introduction to sculling and swim 25 metres continuously.

Level 5

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids 4

Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn stride dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and
swim 50 metres continuously.

Level 6

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids 5

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m), learn elementary back stroke (15m), learn dolphin kick, tread water in deep water, perform frontdive, and swim 75 metres continuously.

Level 7

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids 6

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn front scull, perform whip kick on front and dolphin
kick, learn stride entry and swim 150 metres continuously.

Level 8

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids 7

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (75m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn breast stroke (15m), learn eggbeater/tread water, perform feet-first surface dive and standing shallow dive, and swim 300 metres continuously.

Level 9

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids8

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (25m), learn sidestroke kick, perform head-first surface dive, and swim 400 metres continuously.

Level 10

Age: 5+ Years

Prerequisites: At least 5 years of age, successful completion of the
skills in Red Cross Swim Kids 10

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (50m), learn sidestroke (25m), perform dolphin
kick (vertical), learn feet- and  head-first surface dives with underwater swim, and swim 500 metres continuously.

WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR

Prerequisites: 15 years or older by the last day of the WSI – Classroom and Pool, ability to perform Red Cross Swim Kids 10 strokes and skills, and hold one of the following certifications (not required to be current): Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard, Emergency First Aid or equivalent 

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, Red Cross Swim @ School, Red Cross Swim @ Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens, and Red Cross Swim Adapted programs. 

THE CANADIAN SWIM PATROL PROGRAM
ROOKIE | RANGER | STAR

The Canadian Swim Patrol program is the on-ramp to lifeguarding. Ability is the only prerequisite.  The Swim Patrol provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim. Swim Patrol’s three levels – Rookie, Ranger, and Star – continue to develop participants’ swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Society’s Bronze medal awards.

Rookie

(8-10 hr.): Swimmers continue stroke development with 50 m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Lifesaving Sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15 m object carry. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS and treatment for bleeding.  Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims.

Ranger

(8-10 hr.): Swimmers develop better strokes over 75 m swims of each stroke. They tackle Lifesaving Sport skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Skill drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation.

Star

(8-10 hr.): Swimmers are challenged with 600 m workouts, 300 m timed swims and a 25 m object carry. Strokes are refined over 100 m swims. First aid focuses on treatment of bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions. Lifesaving skills include defence methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water.

LIFE GUARDING COURSES

Bronze Medallion

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

(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 Cross

Prerequisites:  Bronze Medallion certification (need not be current). Emergency First Aid will become an additional prerequisite as of January 1, 2019.

(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.

National Lifeguard

Prerequisites: minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid (need not be current) from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol..

National Lifeguard certification is Canada’s professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400 m endurance challenge.

The National Lifeguard training program is designed for lifesavers who wish to obtain a responsible job and leadership experience. Successful candidates are certified by the Lifesaving Society – Canada’s lifeguarding experts.

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