1 Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workshop Facilitator Guide for Instructor Trainers April 2010 March 2012. Acknowledgements: The quality and success of the Canadian Red cross Water Safety Program is due to the commitment and support of dedicated Water Safety personnel. The Canadian Red cross would like to thank the following staff and volunteers in Western Canada for their contributions to this Facilitator Guide: Stephanie Eby, Lesley Anne Morley, Liana Thompson, Cathy Broadbent, Rhonda Parton, and Lee Adam Nelles The Canadian Red cross also recognizes the Authorized Providers, Master Instructor Trainers, Instructor Trainers and Instructors who continue to provide feedback to Red cross on all aspects of the Water Safety Program. Your input ensures we continue to develop quality programs.
2 Thank you! Red cross Swim Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workshop April 2010 March 2012. Facilitator Guide Page |2. Water Safety Instructor Recertification Introduction Thank you for your interest in and support of the Red cross Swimming & Water Safety Program. Please use this guide to assist you in facilitating Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workshops. Thank you for facilitating this Recertification Workshop . Red cross values your commitment and support of the Red cross Instructor Development Program. The purpose of this guide is to ensure the content of Water Safety Instructor (WSI). Recertification Workshops is consistent across Western Canada. The suggested minimum time to complete the Recertification Workshop is four hours. Depending on the WSIs' needs, you may want to add time to focus on particular skills or issues.
3 For the 2010-2012 version of this Recertification we are pleased to offer choices in the professional development content, with five modules and the option to choose two to teach. The Introduction (30 minutes) and Stroke Evaluation (30minutes) are mandatory modules that must be included in all Recertification Workshops. The outline for the Recertification clinic is as follows: (For the professional development modules you may choose one topic from group A and one from group B:). Introduction 30 minutes Group A. Customer Service session 90 minutes Foundations session 90 minutes Strokes & Progressions session 90 minutes Mandatory Stroke Evaluation session 30 minutes Group B. Active & Wet session 60 minutes Adult Learning session 60 minutes Table of Contents: 1. Recertification Workshop Checklist Page 4.
4 2. Frequency asked questions Page 5. 3. Welcome and Introduction Page 6. 4. Session A1 Customer Service Page 10. 5. Session A2 Foundations of Swimming, Developing Swimmer Progrssions, and Water Comfort Activities Page 17. 6. Session A3 Swimming Strokes and Progressions Page 22. 7. Mandatory Stroke Session Page 32. 8. Session B1 Active and Wet Page 32. 9. Session B2 Adult Learning Page 40. Red cross Swim Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workshop April 2010 March 2012. Facilitator Guide Page |3. 1. Recertification Workshop Checklist Before the Workshop : Select the three professional development sessions that you will facilitate Determine classroom and pool requirements Confirm audio visual equipment arrangements Create the resources needed to run the recert Order sufficient Workshop materials (participant packages) from the Contact Centre.
5 Workshop Materials: WSI (R) Facilitator Guide Resource templates for sessions Bathing suit and towel Flip chart paper or whiteboard, and pens One WSI Recert Guide per participant After the Workshop : Ensure course roster(s) are completed Collect feedback forms Complete Workshop debriefing form Forward these materials to the Red cross Contact Centre with in two weeks of the Workshop date. Our mailing address is: Canadian Red cross 305 11 Ave SW. Calgary AB T3C 3P6. Material can also be faxed to: 1-800-811-8877. Upon receiving the roster from the WSI Recertification Workshop , the Red cross will issue Water Safety Instructor Recertification Cards within two weeks to successful participants. Red cross Swim Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workshop April 2010 March 2012. Facilitator Guide Page |4.
6 2. Frequently asked questions 1. What if an Instructor has moved in the past two years? Remind Instructors who have moved to provide an updated address to the Red cross Contact Centre. If the address in our database doesn't match the roster address for a WSI, the WSI's birthdate on the roster is used for verification and their roster information is entered into the database. 2. What if an Instructor has registered for the Recertification Workshop and their certification expired more than two years ago? Red cross has a three-year grace period that allows Water Safety Instructors whose certification has expired less than two years ago to recertify by taking the Recertification Workshop . Instructors whose certification expired more than three years ago are no longer in the grace period and must retake a Red cross WSI course or a splashback course to obtain current certification.
7 3. What if Instructors cannot provide a copy of their Water Safety Instructor Certification card? Ask the Instructor to call the Red cross Contact Centre to confirm their certification status. The Contact Centre can then fax a proof of certification to the candidate. If the candidate requires a replacement certification then a fifteen dollar fee will apply. 4. What if an Instructor behaves inappropriately, arrives late, forgets their Instructor manual, fails to participate, or displays a lack of understanding about basic course material? Instructor Trainers can ask Instructors who behave inappropriately, display a lack of interest, or professionalism, to leave the Workshop . Instructors who display a lack of understanding about basic course material should not be issued a certification card and should be directed to follow up with the local Red cross Program Representative.
8 Document any problem behaviours, discuss them with the Instructor , and submit the documentation with the course roster. 5. What if I am asked questions I cannot answer? Encourage the Instructor to contact Red cross with those questions, either through their local Program Representative and/or the Contact Centre at 1-888-307-7997 or Red cross Swim Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workshop April 2010 March 2012. Facilitator Guide Page |5. 3. Welcome and introduction Suggested time: 20 minutes Session Objective: Introductions, Recertification Information and icebreaker Ensure you cover the following items in your Introduction: Verify WSI's pre-requisites for the Recertification Workshop . Check the WSIs certification card and ensure that the expiry date is no more than three years.
9 If it expired more than three years ago, the WSI is required to complete a Splashback course to recertify. Fill in the course roster; remind WSIs to print clearly and record all required information to ensure accurate processing of their certification. Review the Instructor Recertification Philosophy and Objectives. Review Workshop outline. Philosophy and Objectives Included in WSI Recert Participant Guide on page 3. The Canadian Red cross trains and supports leaders to deliver Water Safety programs in communities across Canada. A critical component of Instructor development is the on-going preparation, training and mentoring of Water Safety Instructors. The goal of the Recertification Workshops is to continue to build the strength, integrity and quality of the Canadian Red cross Swimming and Water Safety Program.
10 Workshop Objectives: Included in WSI Recert Participant Guide on page 3. Provide Water Safety Instructors with an opportunity to discuss concerns, resolve issues, share ideas and network Provide Instructors with updates from Red cross Provide professional development sessions to enhance the WSIs instructional skills. Successful completion of this course involves attending and participating in 100% of the Workshop ; as well as demonstrating the required strokes according to Red cross Swim Kids level 10 standards. Red cross Swim Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workshop April 2010 March 2012. Facilitator Guide Page |6. Activity #1: Icebreaker - Red cross Swim Truths and Myths Required Material: Flip chart paper (one piece for each group). Instructions: Break participants into groups of three or four Have them read and answer the questions in their participant guide found on pages 4-6.