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 will also focus on providing students with a practical foundation in resistance and cardiovascular training, swimming, stroke-development and leadership.

FAST Program


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.


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


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


Dave Dickinson
FAST Program Leader

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

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