The chart above summarises the flow of advancement for our students.
Requirement: 16years old
After ‘O’ levels, many of our students will be able to take up part-time job as a lifeguards in public and private pools, e.g. Safra and Clubs.
Swimming Instructor (National Registry Of Coaches)
Requirement: 18years old
After the age of 18, most students are still in Poly and boys are getting ready to go for National Service. Getting an NROC(Swimming) certified coach will allow them to teach at all pools in Singapore.
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What is lifesaving course for?
The whole course available under Singapore Life Saving Society is a little complex to many, so please read on to know the important courses needed to move on after SwimSafer and SSPA.
If you bother to understand the diagram, you will see that Lifesaving starts from beginners who do not know how to swim, and to experts who are instructors and examiners.
Taking up lifesaving is the first step to being a certified lifeguard. Armed with the knowledge and techniques to perform aquatic rescue, our professionally certified students will move on to become full-time or part-time lifeguards.
Lifesaving is also a main criteria of become a certified swimming instructor.
First Step: Lifesaving 123
Lifesaving 123 is actually a separate course of Lifesaving 1, Lifesaving 2 and Lifesaving 3. You will achieve a separate certificate from the passing of each course.
In Lifesaving 123, students will learn most of the commonly used aquatic rescues. This range from reaching rescues, board throwing rescues and even going into the water to pull up a victim.
Technique of all rescues may seem easy and common sense to many adults, but young teens will need to understand the implications of all their actions and prevent their own death while conducing rescues.
During lessons, we do role playing between students. Students are drilled in their acting as victims, as these will help them in identifying potential real victims.
Bronze Medallion & CPR
How to be a certified lifeguard
In this course, there are 2 certificates to be achieved, which is the Bronze Medallion and CPR. CPR is Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, and is introduced as an essential skill to revive unconscious casualty who is not breathing.
After taking lifesaving 123, students should look forward to taking Bronze Medallion. This course emphasises swimming fitness as we need them to rescue within a time limit. One needs to be a really proficient swimmer in order to pass this test.
Students are also required to know and understand the internal parts of a human body. This is equivalent to biology taught in Secondary 3 classes, and is considered the most challenging part of this course.
Age Requirement: 14 years old