Canadian Red Cross Swim Program
Richmond Aquatic Services offers the Red Cross Swim Program at the City's aquatic facilities.
Preschool to Swim Kids Transfer Chart
FAQs - Lessons
Frequently Asked Questions - Aquatics Lessons
Call the Aquatic Leader at 604-238-8002 for more information.
3 Ways to Register
- Online: Select a blue button below to browse and register
- Phone: Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
- In person: At any parks, recreation or cultural facility. Note: Debit, cheque and cash are also accepted when registering in person
Canadian Swim Patrol - Star Patrol
This program is offered by the Lifesaving Society and delivers "work hard/play hard" training for skilled swimmers and is aligned with the Red Cross program. Included are timed 300-metre swim, 600-metre workout and First Aid.
Special Needs - Child
These lessons are for children requiring special attention in the water. The aim is to arrange for volunteers for each participant upon request. Class size: 3
Adult Lessons (Adult Basics & Adult Strokes)
These lessons are designed for adults ranging from beginner to competent swimmers working to develop proficiency in one or more strokes. Instruction is adapted to class needs and goals.
Swimming Lessons - Private/Semi-Private
These lessons are to master a specific swimming stroke or skill with one-on-one focused instruction in private lessons. Lessons for two individuals with similar swimming abilities/goals are also offered. All lessons are taught by certified instructors.
Advanced Lifesaving and Instructor Programs
Become a Lifeguard or swimming instructor to teach swimming at a lake or outdoor camp.
Junior Lifeguard Club
Increase water safety knowledge with an emphasis on lifesaving sport skills and participate in fun contests to prepare for possible future lifesaving competitions. Pre-requisite: Red Cross Swim Kids Level 8.
Build on the Junior Lifeguard Club course with this introduction to lifesaving. Recommended pre-requisite: Junior Lifeguard Club.
Start to become a lifeguard with this course that includes instruction in lifesaving skills, water rescues and First Aid. Pre-requisites: 13+ years old and/or Bronze Star.
Further develop lifesaving/lifeguarding skills, water rescues and First Aid. Pre-requisite: Bronze Medallion.
Lifesaving Camp - Bronze Medallion - Cross Combined
Two courses in one challenging camp! Pre-requisite: Bronze Star or 13+ years.
National Lifeguard (NL) – Pool Option
Learn lifeguarding principles, emergency rescues and procedures in a pool environment. This is a required course for employment with Richmond Aquatics. Pre-requisites: Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid and 16+ years by course end date
National Lifeguard (NL) – Waterpark Option
Learn emergency rescues and procedures in a waterpark environment. This is a required course for employment with Richmond Aquatic Services. Pre-requisites: NLS Pool Option, Standard First Aid and 16+ years by course end date.
Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course prepares candidates to instructs the Red Cross Swim Programs. This is a required course for employment with Richmond Aquatic Services. Pre-requisites: Bronze Cross, Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10 (or equivalent) and 15+ years.
Lifesaving Instructor (LSI)
This course must be completed to teach the Canadian Swim Patrol levels: Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. Pre-requisite: Bronze Cross and 16+ years
Standard First Aid
Training in First Aid and additional emergency care topics. Includes CPR - Level C.
CPR Level C (CPR C)
These lifesaving skills, taught to perform on babies, children and adults include choking, breathing, cardiac arrest and 2-person CPR procedures with an automatic defibrillator.