The Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC) offers serious fun for
kids 8 years and up who can swim at least 25m and tread water for 2
minutes. The Jr. Lifeguard Club provides an action-packed challenge
for kids who love the water but who want more than "lessons."
The Jr. Lifeguard Club is for quick learners, those between
levels or programs who thrive in an energetic learning
Action Packed fun
More action, more options, more fun. The Junior Lifeguard
Club offers a unique aquatic alternative for those kids who love
the water and who want more than "lessons."
The Junior Lifeguard Club keeps kids interested and active in
aquatics - especially quick learners and those caught between
levels. The Junior Lifeguard Club is perfect for youth who thrive
in an energetic learning environment.
PERSONAL CHALLENGES FOR PERSONAL BESTS
The Junior Lifeguard Club is an alternative to traditional
test-sheet-based aquatic programs. The Club stresses fun and
aquatic skill development based on personal-best achievement.
Building on skills they already have, Junior Lifeguard Club members
work to develop and improve swimming and other aquatic skills with
emphasis on: Swimming skills, Lifesaving skills, Lifesaving
knowledge, Leadership & teamwork, Community education,
Competition, Personal fitness.
Leadership development - including teamwork and decision-making
skills - is an important aspect of the Junior Lifeguard Club.
Members apprentice with working instructors and lifeguards.
As part of the Junior Lifeguard Club's service to the community,
Club members will create and execute their own Water Smart® community education projects.
The Junior Lifeguard Club is water-based - most of the
activities happen in the water. These activities may be
supplemented with dry-land fun or community education projects,
displays and demonstrations.
FRIENDS CAN JOIN TOGETHER
The Junior Lifeguard Club is designed for members with
differing abilities. Friends (and siblings) can join the
Junior Lifeguard Club together even if they are of different ages
and different abilities.
The Club welcomes members between 8 and 15 years of age as long
as they can meet the Society's Swim to Survive® standard, i.e., roll into deep water, tread
water for 1 minute and swim at least 50 metres.
LOTS OF RECOGNITION
There is no "failure" in the Junior Lifeguard Club.
Members enjoy high activity challenges in a learning environment
where personal effort and success are recognized.
WaterLog: Club members - and their
parents - can track individual progress in aquatic skills,
lifesaving knowledge and activities that promote both leadership
and teamwork in their personal Waterlog using recognition
You can earn 7 different kinds of Recognition
- Community Education
- Lifesaving Knowledge
- Lifesaving Skills
- Swimming Skills
You can also earn Lifesaving Awards without leaving the
- Canadian Swim Patrol Awards - Rookie Patrol, Ranger Patrol,
- Lifesaving Fitness - Bronze, Silver, or Gold levels.
The Junior Lifeguard Club is led by a Junior Lifeguard Club
Coach. Junior Lifeguard Club Coach must:
- be a current Lifesaving Instructor
- hold a current lifeguard certificate
- have lifeguarding experience
We recommend that Junior Lifeguard Club Coaches:
- have previous coaching or leadership experience such as
Scouting, Guides, or other children or youth groups
- have experience in a lifeguard team as an organizer, competitor
- be a certified Lifesaving Sport Coach Level 1
There are no test sheets and a minimum of paperwork in
the Junior Lifeguard Club.
Each Junior Lifeguard Club Member must have a
WaterLog. Affiliate members purchase Junior Lifeguard Club
WaterLogs, the Recognition Seals and Award Seals from the
Junior Lifeguard Club Members purchase their WaterLogs
from the affiliate when they join the Club. The Club member mails
the Club Member Registration Card (found in the WaterLog)
to the Lifesaving Society's office to register their membership in
the Junior Lifeguard Club. The Society mails the Junior Lifeguard
Club Membership Seal - to be affixed to the inside front cover of
the WaterLog - directly to each member.