The Golden Swimming Pool was honoured by the Lifesaving Society for the courses they offered in 2012, and are hoping to expand on that success for the 2013 season.
Last season, the Golden Swimming Pool had the highest participation in lifesaving courses outside of the lower mainland for their Bronze Medallion and subsequent Bronze Cross classes.
“The Bronze Cross is the first ticket you need to start becoming a lifeguard. From there you move on and get your NLS (National Lifesaving Service award), and that’s what our pools require our lifeguards to have,” said Kim Bryan, recreation co-ordinator for the Town of Golden.
Golden’s recreation department has been working on expanding the courses they offer at the swimming pool. They now have three certified instructors for the bronze classes, and are hoping to bring in more in the future.
“One of the things we’re working towards in our program is to offer the full range of courses. As we start getting more people through the entry level courses we’re working on building that demand to bring instructors in for the higher level courses,” said Jordan Petrovics, manager of recreation services for the Town of Golden.
Bryan is a certified teacher, and will be joining Bailey Ingram and Jenna LaRoy at the pool to teach the lifesaving courses. They will be teaching lifesaving principles, water rescue education, and fitness, as well as rescue techniques with conscious and unconscious victims.
This is the first step to becoming a lifeguard, and also opens the doors to working in any aquatic industry across the country such as rafting, kayaking and other adventure tourism avenues.
You learn some valuable skills, but in a very fun environment.
“It’s a really fun one to teach because you’re with them all day for a whole week, and it’s not all serious. We can have fun with them,” said LaRoy, who has been teaching the courses to kids in their mid-teens for a few years now. “I just love to teach it.”
“I am so glad my mom made me do it because all through university that’s what I did, I worked at pools,” said Ingram.
“I can’t encourage youth enough to get their aquatic certifications because there is a demand, especially in B.C. for fully qualified lifeguards,” said Bryan.
The bronze courses are for fairly strong swimmers in their teens who are curious about how they can pursue swimming as a job, and possibly a career.
The Golden Swimming Pool is also offering a full range of swimming lessons for kids of all ages and skill levels. Stop by the pool or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about classes and schedules.
A pool schedule is also available at www.golden.ca.