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Course Description

Red Cross Waterfront lifeguard Training: This course will teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies, and prevent drowning and injuries. The student will be introduced to a variety of environments, including pools, waterfronts, water parks, shallow water attractions, and coastlines. This course provides participants an opportunity for American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Certification, provided all requirements are met. Upon successful completion of the course, the Certificate of Professional Development is good for 2 years. Prior to certificate expiration, a one-day recertification course provides participants an opportunity for a skills challenge and written examination in order to re-certify as an American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard.

This course is a hybrid training with both in-water sessions and an on-line instructional component to be completed prior to the first day of instruction by logging on to redcross.org (a code will be issued after registration is complete). Specific information needed in order to complete this instructional component is given upon course registration.

Ocean Safety Technician Training: The Ocean Safety Technician training course is intended for persons involved in ocean recreation activities and businesses in Hawaii who need to learn basic ocean safety management practices and ocean rescue skills. The curriculum includes Standard First Aid & CPR/AED certification, basic ocean rescue skills training, and subject matter specific to aquatic recreation including snorkeling, sailing, paddling, and surfing sports from the professional disciplines of epidemiology, human factors, marine science, sociology, law, and culture. The course will provide the participant with the skills and resource materials to develop a Risk Management Plan, which is a requirement of the Department of Education for Surf Club development, and is recommended for all commercial Ocean Recreation operations. A Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician states that the participant has met all the requirements of the course and has demonstrated competency in basic ocean rescue skills and ocean safety risk management skills used by Hawaii’s professional ocean safety practitioners at Hawaii’s beaches and near-shore waters. The Certificate also entitles the participant to serve as a State of Hawai’i, Department of Education Surf Coach. It is valid for two years, at which time a refresher course is offered for participants who need re-certification.
 
Enrollment Requirements:
          1.  Students must be 15 years of age and be able to complete a 500-yard swim in a pool prior to the start of the course.
          2.  Students must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician from WCC.  

Registration closes 5 working days prior to start of course.

 

Learner Outcomes

RCLG Waterfront:
1. Display an understanding of the history and development of lifeguarding as a profession.
2. Increase water safety skills and knowledge.
3. Show an understanding of the equipment design, function and maintenance of standard lifesaving equipment.
4. Apply the customary practices and professional standards of the Red Cross as they relate to lifeguarding activities.
5. Identify legal, social, and cultural  issues related to lifeguarding.
6. Show proficiency in lifeguarding skills at a level comparable to the Red Cross Lifeguarding standards for certification.

Ocean Safety Technician Training:
1. Have a fundamental understanding of the social and business development of ocean related eco-tourism activities;
2. Practice Ocean Safety Risk Management and recognize ocean safety industry practices common in the State of Hawaii;
3. Understand how the natural sciences fundamentally relate to the ocean recreation industry;
4. Recognize the environmental, safety, economic, and social impacts of the ocean recreation industry in Hawaii;
5. Develop a beach hazard management plan equivalent to that required by the D.O.E.  for maintaining a surf club;  and   
6. Understand the wide variety of employment opportunities in the ocean recreation industry in the State of Hawaii.

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