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  • Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workshop

    Facilitator Guide for Instructor Trainers

    April 2010 March 2012

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    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. Thank you!

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    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. 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 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

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    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.

    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.

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    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 doesnt match the roster address for a WSI, the WSIs 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. 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. 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 wz-contactcentre@redcross.ca.

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    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 WSIs pre-requisites for the Recertification Workshop. Check the WSIs certification card and ensure that the expiry date is no more than three years. 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.

    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.

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    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

    Ask each group to write down the answer they think is the truth from answers A,B or C

    Correct answers as needed with group, answering any questions as required.

    Activity #1 Answers: 1. In Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10, why is the endurance swim 500 m?

    A) Research shows us that the majority of boating incidents occur within 50 metres of shore. We train swimmers to be able to swim 500 in a flat-water pool because the energy used to swim 500 metres in a flat-water pool is about the same as a 50 metre swim in open water where temperature of the water, currents and stress bring on fatigue faster. (True)

    B) The Canadian Red Cross partnered with Swim Canada to encourage participation in the sport of speed swimming. The 500m swim is included to introduce swimmers to longer distances to prepare them for speed swimming sports. (False)

    C) Rates of childhood obesity in Canada have almost tripled over the past 20 years. To address this national problem, the Canadian Red Cross has included longer distance to help contribute to an overall increase in activity levels within the Learn to Swim program. (False)

    2. Why do we teach forward rolls in the program?

    A) The forward roll is taught as a safe entry for deep water (False)

    B) The forward roll is a progression for the front dive. (False)

    C) The forward roll mimics the feeling a person experiences when they fall out of a boat during a boating incident. Teaching this skill will help prepare a person along with decreasing their chances of panicking in a real situation. (True)

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    3. Why do we teach elementary backstroke in the Red Cross Swim program?

    A) The elementary backstroke is taught as a survival skill (a resting stroke). If a swimmer is in deep water that is far from the shore, the elementary backstroke allows them to safely swim to shore with their face out of the water. (False)

    B) As a progression into breaststroke. (True)

    C) The elementary backstroke is introduced as a stroke for those swimmers who prefer to keep their face out of the water. (False)

    4. What are the only three skills in the program that are taught dry?

    A) Rescue breaking, choking, and next steps (Red Cross Swim Kids level 10, further training, other aquatic activities) (False)

    B) Choking, rescue breathing, and site orientation (True)

    C) Next steps, rescue breathing, and site orientation (False) 5. What is the key factor in preventing toddler drownings?

    A) Ensuring that all back yard swimming pools are fenced and secured. (False)

    B) Teaching toddlers to roll on to their backs. (False)

    C) Proper vigilant adult supervision (True) 6. Approximately how many people drown each year in Canada?

    A) 40 (False)

    B) 400 (True)

    C) 800 (False)

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    7. Why do we teach weight transfer in the Red Cross Swim program?

    A) It is a progression for diving (True)

    B) Weight transfer teaches disorientation in the water. Teaching this skill will prepare a person should they ever become disoriented in the water and decrease their chances of panicking in a real situation. (False)

    C) It is a progression for surface dives. (False)

    8. Why do we teach sculling in the Red Cross Swim program?

    A) The Canadian Red Cross partnered with Synchro Canada to encourage participation in the sport of synchronized swimming. Sculling is a basic skill that is required for this sport. (False)

    B) Sculling is a part of every stroke. As outlined below there is a sculling action in the power phase of each stroke:

    Front crawl Catch phase Back crawl Catch phase Elementary Back Catch phase Breaststroke First phase of the pull Butterfly Catch Phase Side Stroke Catch Phase. (True)

    C) It is a skill that is used in lifesaving, for example the reverse and ready position. (False) 9. Why do we teach the front glide/side glide combo skill?

    A) It is used to teach the rolling movement of front crawl/back crawl. (False)

    B) It is a developing swimmer skill used as a progression for rolling on their back. (False)

    C) As a progression for front crawl breathing (True)

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    4. Professional Development Modules, Group A: (Choose one of the three modules)

    Session A1: Customer Service Suggested time: 90 minutes classroom Session objectives:

    Define and identify professionalism Discuss manners and respect in the work place

    Review the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Code of Conduct Develop the art of conversation with parents Review how to best manage difficult conversations with parents

    Resources: Code of Conduct, found in the Water Safety Instructor Manual Appendix B2 Equipment: Flip chart paper, stand and markers, or white board and markers Activity #1

    Suggested Time: 20 minutes

    - Have candidates brainstorm the meaning of professionalism, manners and respect - Break into three groups - Give each a word from the brainstorm activity to define. - Discuss the following questions:

    What the meanings of each word are and what they mean to participants? Why participants think we are talking about this subject? Why it is important? What will happen if we dont discuss it?

    Activity #1 Definitions Answer Key Professionalism: Meticulous adherence to undeviating courtesy, honesty and responsibility in ones dealings with customers and co-workers. Plus a level of excellence that goes over and above normal requirements. Manners: A way of acting or behaving, proper conduct or behavior, politeness and courtesy. Respect: To show regard or consideration

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    Activity #2- Marooned

    Suggested Time: 15 minutes

    - Tell the candidates, They are marooned on an island and the only way to get off is to be a professio...

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