Recertifications

What’s a recertification?

According to the Regulation respecting safety in public baths, some awards are only recognized as work permits if they are recertified after a specific period of time.

A recertification is an examination that evaluates an award holder’s knowledge, skills and physical fitness. Its purpose is to ensure that award holders are still able to properly perform their duties without having to follow an entire training again. Participants must therefore be prepared accordingly.

The following lifesaving awards can be recertified:

Any other lifesaving award must be updated by retaking the whole course, or by recertifying prerequisites. If you hold an instructor award, refer to your award’s complete description for all details regarding its validity and prerequisites.

Recertification process

To recertify your award, register with one of the Lifesaving Society’s numerous affiliated aquatic facilities. It is important to plan your award recertification two or three months ahead, since expiration dates can by no means be postponed, not even for a day.

If you recertify your award up to three months before it expires, the new expiration date will be based on the previous one instead of the recertification date. For example, if your National Lifeguard award expires in December 2015 and is recertified it in September 2015, your award will be valid until December 2017.

Lifesaving award validity:

  • Bronze Medallion: 2 years
  • Bronze Cross: 2 years
  • National Lifeguard (all options): 2 years
  • Lifesaving Instructor: 2 years

An expired National Lifeguard award can be recertified at any time (3, 5 or even 10 years after it has expired) in order to be once more used as work permit.

Documents to download:

The recertification instructor or affiliate member must contact the Lifesaving Society in order to be provided with the documentation that must be handed to the candidates.

Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross recertification

To recertify your Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross award, you must take the course’s final examination, to which two physical fitness items have been added. Here's a detailed list of all items evaluated for the recertification:

Bronze Medallion

  • Swim head-up 6 x 25 m
  • Swim 500 m in 15 minutes or less without stopping
  • Management of a spinal-injured victim in deep water
  • Non-contact rescue in an aquatic environment
  • Rescue of a non-breathing victim in deep water 
  • Rescue of a distressed or drowning victim 

Bronze Cross

  • Swim head-up for 2 sets of 6 x 25 m
  • Swim 600 m in 18 minutes or less without stopping
  • Management of a spinal-injured victim in deep water
  • Rescue involving 2 or more victims
  • Rescue of a submerged, non-breathing victim in deep water
  • Rescue of a victim who is injured or whose condition is deteriorating

 

2015 – 2016 National Lifeguard recertification

In-class core curriculum for all options (1h45)

  • Introduction and administration (15 minutes)
  • Workshops – resuscitation, first aid and official positions (1h15)
  • Group review (15 minutes)

Pool option

Physical fitness (30 minutes)

  • Endurance – 400 m in 10 minutes or less
  • Sprint – 50 m in 60 seconds or less
  • Object recovery in 40 seconds or less

 Victim management (2 hours)

  •  Distressed or drowning victim
  • Submerged, non-breathing victim
  • Spinal-injured victim
  • Injured swimmer in lifeguarding situations

Waterpark option

Physical fitness (15 minutes)

  • Spinal carry
  • Approach and carry

Victim management (2h15)

  • Distressed or drowning victim
  • Submerged, non-breathing victim
  • Spinal-injured victim
  • Slide rescue in lifeguarding situations

Waterfront option

Physical fitness (30 minutes)

  • Run-swim-tow
  • Rescue sprint
  • Victim carry

Entries into water (10 minutes)

Victim management (2 h 15)

  • Distressed or drowning victim
  • Submerged, non-breathing victim
  • Injured swimmer in lifeguarding situations
  • Use of rescue craft (for victim management)

Surf option

Physical fitness (45 minutes)

  • Run-swim-tow
  • Run-swim-run
  • Victim carry

Entries into water (10 minutes)

Victim management (2h15)

  • Distressed or drowning victim
  • Submerged, non-breathing victim
  • Spinal-injured victim
  • Injured swimmer in lifeguarding situations
  • Use of rescue craft for victim management

Closing remarks (5 minutes)

Retake (30 minutes)

 

2014 – 2015 Lifesaving Instructor recertification

In class

  • Introduction (5 minutes)
  • Administration and presentation of the credit system (10 minutes)
  • Workshop – The instructor’s role (30 minutes)
  • Workshop – The evaluation (30 minutes)
  • Workshop – Planning: what is your goal? (30 minutes)

In the pool

  • Physical fitness (20 minutes)
  • Teaching and evaluating lifesaving skills (90 minutes)

Closings remarks and retake (30 minutes)