Canadian Swim Patrol Update. Revised Program - March 2009. AGENDA. Welcome and Introductions The why and how… Seamless transition methodology Strokes, First Aid & Lifesaving Sport Activity: Trace the Progressions Resources and Recognition Canadian Swim Patrol Contest details Wrap Up.
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Welcome and Introductions
The why and how…
Seamless transition methodology
Activity: Trace the Progressions
Resources and Recognition
Canadian Swim Patrol Contest details
To ensure a seamless flow and integration between the 6 Swimmer levels of Swim for Life® and the 3 Swim Patrol levels (Rookie, Ranger and Star).
To ensure seamless flow from the Swim Patrol levels into the Bronze medal awards. Swim Patrol provides the skill foundation that optimally prepares candidates for success in the Bronze family of awards.
Revisions included a barrier analysis process. This ensured that the candidates perceive the items as being ‘fun’.
Barrier analysis involved testing evaluation criteria. This ensured that the “purpose” of the item could be achieved without including arbitrary “must sees” that cause “failures”.
Object support: removed the ”must see” requiring the object to be held at the surface.
The “purpose” is to be able to support and carry the weight.
Therefore where the candidate supports the object is irrelevant to achieving the “purpose”.
Content it still broken down into 3 modules:
Focus continues to be on the development of lifesaving skills needed in the Bronze family of awards.
Rookie – carry 5 lb. object
15 m – choice of kick
Ranger – 5 lb. object
1 min. in deep water
Star – carry 10 lb. object
25 m – choice of kick
Bronze Star – 10 lb object
3 min. in deep water
Research found candidates learn best how to support an object if they carry (distance) the object through water and then progress to supporting (time) an object.
Some content has been realigned to reinforce progressions and remove duplication.
For example: Entries – stride jump is taught in learn to swim so it has been removed as a stand alone item and developed into a sequence. (Ranger # 2 – Stride entry and swim head-up)
Based on Affiliate feedback some content was eliminated. For example:
3 areas that have been developed as part of this seamless transition:
Front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke items have been added to each Swim Patrol level.
The “purpose” is to develop effective swimming strokes.
To improve effectiveness, instructors are encouraged to:
Items that require application of CPR chest compressions or rescue breathing were deleted.
This removes the items that conflict with the 2005 ILCOR Lay Responder guidelines.
The items that remained were selected for the Swim Patrol age group specifically.
The focus is on treating conditions or injuries that they are likely to encounter while at home, at school, or playing with their peers.
Integration of other lifesaving areas such as Junior Lifeguard Club, Lifesaving Fitness and Lifesaving Sport.
Exposing candidates to other areas may lead them to continue in lifesaving and become the instructors of the future.
Affiliates will now have a choice of 3 options for recognition:
Swim Patrol Kit
Award Seal (NEW)
Swim Patrol Kit includes:
Personal wall chart
One sticker for each of the Swim Patrol levels
Note: differs from the 3 recognition seals (H20 Proficiency, First Aid & Rescue)
Note: Hardcopies will be available in black and white only
We’re celebrating the revised Canadian Swim Patrol program with a contest !!!
One item has been chosen from each of the revised Swim Patrol levels for the contest.
Instructors will time their candidates and then submit their times on the provided results sheet.
Only Swim Patrol candidates are eligible for participation in the contest.
All items correspond to the revised Award Guide (March 2009) and applicable Must Sees unless otherwise noted.
For all items, candidates must start in the water.
Item 7 - Obstacle swim - 25 m or yd.
Item 8 - Lifesaving medley
** For timing purposes – pulse check is not required
Item 5 – Object carry
Prizes will be awarded to the male and female with the fastest time each session.
Winners and the applicable Affiliate will be contacted by the Lifesaving Society.
The prize will be sent to the Affiliate for presentation to the winner.
Note: To be eligible, all result sheets must be received no later than 4:30 pm on the date indicated.
Questions and Feedback
Revised worksheets are available on the Lifesaving Society website: www.lifesavingsociety.com