Basic First Aid

Basic First Aid features the first aid content distributed across the Rookie, Ranger, and Star awards in the Canadian Swim Patrol program. Basic First Aid (3-4 hr.) includes how to contact emergency medical services, rescue breathing, how to treat choking and minor injuries.

Prerequisite: None.

Instruction & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors or First Aid Instructors teach and certify candidates.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.


  1. Demonstrate the ability to recognize when and how to call emergency medical services (EMS).
  2. Demonstrate primary assessment including hazards and ABCs of an unconscious, breathing victim.
  3. Demonstrate rescue breathing with a victim of the candidate's choice or with a manikin.
  4. Simulate the appearance and treatment of a conscious victim with an obstructed airway.
  5. Demonstrate primary assessment and emergency care for a victim in shock.
  6. Demonstrate primary assessment and appropriate care for external bleeding.


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