First Aid Swim Training
(FAST)

  • FAST exceeded my expectations in every way. As a result of my participation in the FAST Program, I easily acquired employment at the Aquatic Centre. I thoroughly enjoy my hours at the pool, both as a game leader, and as a volunteer teaching swim lessons. I have met a number of people who I now count as my best friends. 

    Conor T. (Rockridge)
  • The FAST Program helped me achieve my goal of getting a job in aquatics. Everything you learn in this program is more detailed than the lifeguarding/first aid courses you can take elsewhere. It was a great experience that I would do all over again!

    Kimia A. (Sentinel)
  • The FAST program gave me skills and confidence around the aquatic environment. This has led me to move forward in pursuing my goal of being a swim instructor. I gained many friendships throughout the year, and that made it a very enjoyable course. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys swimming and wants to learn first aid. You also get 10 credits, so that's a bonus!

    Haley F. (Rockridge)

Applications for the 2017/2018 school year are now open

Information Night

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Rockridge Secondary

FAST is a young lifeguard education program that will allow students to develop the essential skills to be successful and confident lifeguards. At the completion of the FAST program students will have obtained all of the required certification prerequisites necessary to enroll in the National Lifeguard Course, which students can take independently when they are 16 years of age or older. Completion of the National Lifeguard Course is the final credential necessary to qualify an individual to work as a lifeguard.

In addition to developing strong first aid skills, the FAST program also focuses on providing students with a practical foundation in resistance and cardiovascular training, swimming, stroke-development and leadership.

FAST Program

Prerequisites

The FAST Program is available to students who will be at least 13 years old (Grade 9+) at the start of the course. Students should have functionally proficient strokes. The program can support a maximum of 24 participants and students will be selected based on a combination of their grade, application date, and swimming ability. Providing equal access to this program for students of both genders from all three high schools is a priority.

Schedule

The FAST Program is offered entirely out of the West Vancouver Aquatic Center. This program consists of aquatic components, physical training, and classroom sessions. The program operates on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm throughout the year. Students are registered in this program for both afternoon fixed block rotations.

Transportation

Public transportation is available to allow Rockridge students to depart during the lunch break and arrive on time for the start of the FAST program. Sentinel and West Vancouver Secondary School students are within walking distance of the aquatic center during their respective lunch breaks.

Program Specifics
  • Students will earn 10 credits:
    – 4 credits for Physical Education 9, 10, 11 or 12 dependent on the student’s grade.
    – 4 credits for Emergency Response Leadership 11
    – 2 credits for Lifesaving 11 (Awarded upon completion of Bronze Cross)
  • Students will obtain certification in the following courses during the course of the year:
    – Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, CPR-C, Standard First Aid
  • Students will have a facility pass that will grant them unlimited access to both the Gleneagles and West Vancouver Community Centers for the full length of the program.
  • The program cost is $100-150/month for 10 months. The final participant cost is subject to the number of students enrolled.

For further Information please contact:

Dave Dickinson
ddickinson@wvschools.ca

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Contact

Dave Dickinson
FAST Program Leader

Rockridge Secondary School
5350 Headland Drive
West Vancouver, BC
V7W 3H2

ddickinson@wvschools.ca

FAST program featured by Lifesaving Society –  the licensing agency for lifeguards.
See the article here.
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