Leadership, Specialty and Elite programs

Leadership Classes Descriptions (Red Cross & Lifesaving Society)

Please note that not all courses are offered every session.

Rookie Patrol
Swimmers continue stroke development with 50 m swims of each stroke. They partake in fitness drills and 100 m timed swims. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, contacting EMS, and treatment for bleeding.
*Must be 9-13 years of age

Ranger Patrol
Swimmers tackle Lifesaving Sport skills, perform rescues, and develop better strokes with 75 m swims and a 200 m timed swim. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock, and obstructed airway procedures.
*Must be 9-13 years of age

Star Patrol
Swimmers are challenged with 600 m workouts, 300 m timed swims, and object carries. First aid focuses on bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies. Lifesaving skills include defense methods and victim removals.
*Must be 9-13 years of age


Bronze Star (10 hours)
An excellent preparation course for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a 400m timed swim.
Prerequisites: Swim Kids 10 or equivalent, minimum  11 years of age
Please visit the Lifesaving Society website for more information.

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid/CPR-B
(20 hours)
Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water-rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill & fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500m timed swim.
Prerequisites: 13 years of age OR Bronze Star award
Please visit the Lifesaving Society website for more information.

Bronze Cross (20 hours)
Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced lifesaving training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic settings. Bronze Cross is the prerequisite for all advanced training programs, including National Lifeguard Service certification. Includes a 600m timed swim.
Prerequisites: Current Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid/CPR B
Please visit the Lifesaving Society website for more information.

Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor (AWSI)
(40 hours+ 8 hours teaching experience)
Covers the foundation of instructional skills including teaching methods, learning styles, physical principles, progressions, communication, safety supervision and feedback. Candidates are evaluated during 8 hours of assistant teaching and through individual study assignments. Successful candidates are given a 12 hour teaching experience to complete before registering for the Water Safety Instructor course.
Prerequisites: 15 years of age

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
(40 hours + 12 hours teaching experience)
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.
For more information, visit the Red Cross website.

Standard First Aid with CPR-C
(16 hours)
Provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Standard First Aid incorporates all of Emergency First Aid and is designed for those requiring a more in depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat & cold injuries, bone & joint injuries, abdominal & chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies.
Prerequisites: None

National Lifeguard Service (NLS)
(40 hours)
The NLS program is designed to prepare lifeguards for the role of preventing emergency situations as professional facilitators in a safe and enjoyable aquatic environment. NLS is the national standard for all lifeguards. Must be recertified every 2 years to remain valid.
Prerequisites: 16 years old, Standard First Aid with CPR-C

Specialty and Elite Programs

Competitive Swimming
Swim Team is designed for participants at Swim Kids 4 and upwards to age 17. All swimmers must be comfortable in deep water and able to swim at least 4 lengths of the pool continuously. Trained coaches will take participants through the art of competitive swim strokes, flip turns, drills and endurance building. An excellent complement to regular lessons. Swim Team is offered at both our Winona and Palmerston locations. Participants will compete in a Swim Meet at the completion of each session.

All new participants must be prescreened by the Program Coordinator before registering for Swim Team.  Prep Team minimum – 6 years old and Swim Kids 4+.  Senior Team must have a strong whip kick.

Youth Swim Basics
This is a beginner class for youth that focuses on skills from Swim Kids 1-3.

Youth Swim Intermediate
This class is for youth who have learned basic swimming skills and focuses on skills from Swim Kids 4-6.

Adult Swim Basics
Adult Swim Basics is a beginner swim class for adults that focuses on developing comfort in the water through basic flotation, gliding, movement and breathing skills for shallow water.

Adult Swim Intermediate
Adult Swim Intermediate is a class for intermediate swimmers who would like to work on stroke improvement. The class moves at the pace of the swimmers and focuses on further development of skills and increasing comfort in deep water.

Adult Swim Advanced (Masters Swimming)
Adult Swim Advanced (Masters Swimming) is designed to promote fitness, develop endurance and learn competitive stroke techniques.  This program is designed for swimmers 18 years and older with advanced swim skills.