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Nanaimo launches new lifeguard course hoping to boost weak staffing levels

Dealing with a shortage of staff, the city of Nanaimo is launching its new lifeguard training program.

‘To The Rescue’ is a program running through July and August with the hope of developing a new crop of talent to pull from for the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Beban Park Pool, and Westwood Lake.

Mayor Leonard Krog says it’s a great opportunity to receive a variety of skills.

“It is a great opportunity to receive the training for employment and to learn a variety of life-long skills, including leadership, problem-solving and teamwork,” says Krog.

It’s broken down into five separate courses including swimming, the national lifeguard certification program, and standard first aid.

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  • Bronze Medallion (July 10-13)
  • Bronze Cross (July 17-20)
  • National Lifeguard Pool Option (July 27-August 4)
  • Lifesaving Society Swim for Life and Lifesaving Instructor (August 14-25)
  • Standard First Aid (July 14 or July 21)

The cost for courses is $575, but the city says that will be reimbursed to participants after they’ve passed through a successful probation period working for them. Probation is either 480 hours or one year on the job.

You can apply for entry until June 15th at the aquatic centre or on the city’s website.

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