How-to: Certification CoursesThere are a number of courses available in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island that are highly beneficial for summer camps and those seeking to work at a camp. Click the course titles below get more information and learn where and how to attend these courses.
There are lots of opportunities for people who are certified lifeguards, including jobs at camp! Interested in finding out how you can become a National Lifeguard? The information you need is available on the website of the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia branch. They say:
"Lifeguards are more than just good swimmers. They are water rescue professionals trained in emergency care. They prevent accidents. They identify hazards and determine safe practices. They educate the public about the hazards and risks associated with aquatic activities and how to be Water Smart®. And they are trained to spot potential trouble and intervene before it becomes life-threatening.
"Lifeguarding is a fun, exciting and rewarding job. Lifeguarding is also a job that carries enormous responsibility. Which is why lifeguards take courses and train hard for events they hope will never happen and which they work hard to prevent.
"Guards take continuous training to keep their skills, knowledge and fitness sharp. They are required to keep other important certifications such as CPR and first aid up to date. Some are trained in advanced treatments like using oxygen or in the use of specialized equipment like defibrillators and personal watercraft.
"National Lifeguard Service (NLS) certification is the standard for professional lifeguards in Canada. The Lifesaving Society certifies 25,000 NLS guards annually. But before you apply for National Lifeguard training, you must complete many hours of preparation in the Society's lifesaving programs.
"Take this on-ramp for a lifeguard career: learn lifesaving in Swim Patrol and then earn the Bronze Star Award. Now you're ready for Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid. These certifications are prerequisites to Bronze Cross which you need before taking National Lifeguard when you turn 16."
Visit their website here for more information on taking courses.
If you are interested in becoming a certified Canoe or Kayak Instructor, you want to head over to Paddle Canada's website to find out what courses are available in your area and when the courses are offered. They offer courses in canoeing, river kayaking and sea kayaking. Course availability varies so be sure to check back frequently or contact them. If you are in Nova Scotia, you can also contact Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia for information about instructor courses.
When working in the kitchen at camp and cooking large quantities of food for a lot of hungry campers, safety is of the utmost importance. You want to be sure you know the best food hygiene practices and the safest food handling techniques. The Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture (look for Application Process) and the Prince Edward Island Department of Health and Wellness offer courses in food handling and food safety that are an asset to camp kitchen staff. Contact your provincial department or visit their website to inquire about course costs and scheduling.