Semester of Aquatics
Semester of Aquatics is offered to Wrangell High School students from August to December. The course builds on the water competency sequence outlined by the American Red Cross throughout the first few weeks of delivery. Students should expect to refine their stroke, increase their endurance, and become more confident swimmers before heading into the Lifeguard course.
The largest section of the course will be focused on the theoretical and practical skills outlined by the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. Classes will rotate between land and in-water skills. Students will learn the fundamentals of lifeguard skills including but not limited to entries and approaches, active and passive victim rescues, surface and submerged victim rescues, CPR and AED skills and application, and First Aid. Additionally, students will learn teamwork and leadership skills, how to prioritize care and strategizing next steps in critical situations. The final section of the lifeguard course will include a review of skills prior to a written final exam and practical exam. Successful completion of the exams may result in an industry recognized certification for those that are 16 years or older. Students under the age of 16 will need to retake the written and practical exam before they can be certified following their 16th birthday.
Once the students are through the American Red Cross curriculum, they will embark on a second certification course through Jeff Ellis & Associates to obtain a swim instructor credential. Students will expand their stroke competency by focusing on all four strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Students are not required to swim all four strokes to become certified, although they are only eligible to teach the levels for which they can competently swim in a formal lesson setting. During the stroke refinement classes, students will establish the skills to break down each stroke into teachable steps for swimmers to learn and develop.
The final stages of the swim instructor section will be to develop lesson plans for each level of instruction and facilitate teach backs to their peers within the class. This will give students an added level of confidence, experience giving and receiving feedback with their peers and the ability to self-evaluate their competency in the associated skills. Successful completion of the coursework may result in an industry recognized certification for those that are 15 years or older. Students under the age of 15 will need to be re-evaluated on their stroke competency before they can be certified following their 15th birthday.
The last two weeks of the course will allow students the opportunity to participate in planning and facilitating lessons for a recreational group of elementary aged swimmers. Wrangell Parks & Recreation will welcome students to 8 sessions of swim lessons, hosted by the newly certified group of high school students from the “Semester of Aquatics” course.
CERTIFICATIONS & EMPLOYMENT
Students may obtain American Red Cross Lifeguard & Jeff Ellis and Associates Swim Instructor certifications which are both industry recognized credentials. As a result of these two certifications, student will become eligible for employment through the Parks & Recreation department.
PREREQUISITES FOR REGISTRATION
Students are required to perform the American Red Cross Water Competency Sequence at the beginning of the semester. This sequence of critical water safety skills, also known as "water competency," are the ability to:
1. Step or jump into the water over your head.
2. Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute.
3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit.
4. Swim 25 yards to the exit.
5. Exit from the water.
Special Note: Students who wish to participate in the course, that are unable to complete the “water competency” steps may be able to audit the course so long as the safety and progress of the course participants is not compromised. Confirmation of course participation is at the discretion of the instructor.
STUDENT EVALUATIONS & PARTICIPATION
The Semester of Aquatics qualifies as an elective or physical education credit. Students will be evaluated throughout the course. Evaluations will include “Effort & Attitude” and “Actual Achievement”. Likewise, as students progress throughout the course they will be evaluated on their overall “Improvement”. To obtain the Lifeguard certificate, students must pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80%. The practical exam is evaluated on a pass or fail basis. Failure to meet the necessary marks for certification does not necessarily mean the student does not pass the “Semester of Aquatics” overall. Other aspects of grading will play a significant impact on the student’s overall course grade.
COURSE LENGTH & OUTLINE
*LG-Lifeguard Course *SI- Swim Instructor Course
Week 1 August 30th-September 3rd LG Class Introduction, Stroke Mechanics & Conditioning
Week 2 Sept 6th- 10th LG Stroke Mechanics & Conditioning
Week 3 Sept 13th-17th LG Conditioning & Lifeguard Prerequisites
Week 4 Sept 20th-24th LG Lesson 1 (2.75 hrs.) & Lesson 2 (4 hrs.)
Week 5 Sept 27th- Oct 1st LG Lesson 2 (4 hrs.) & Lesson 3 (2.5 hrs.)
Week 6 Oct 4th- 8th LG Lesson 3 (2.5 hrs.) & Lesson 4 (2.5 hrs.)
Week 7 Oct 12th-15th (Off 11th) LG Lesson 4 (2.5 hrs.) & Lesson 5 (2.75 hrs.)
Week 8 Oct 18th-22nd LG Lesson 5 (2.75 hrs.) & Lesson 6 (3+ hrs.)
Week 9 Oct 25th- 29th LG Lesson 6 (3+ hrs.) & Lesson 7 (3.75 hrs.)
Week 10 Nov 1st - 5th LG Lesson 7 (3.75 hrs.) & Lesson 8 (2.75 hrs.)
Week 11 Nov 8th – 12th LG Lesson 8 (2.75 hrs.) & Lesson 9 (3 hrs.)
Week 12 Nov 15th -19th LG Lesson 9 (3 hrs.)
Week 13 Nov 22nd- 24th (Off 25th & 26th) SI Theoretical Coursework
Week 14 Nov 29th- Dec 3rd SI In Water Stroke Mechanics & Lesson Planning
Week 14 Dec 6th- 10th SI Teach Back Sessions & Elementary School Swim Lessons
Week 15 Dec 13th -17th SI Teach Back Sessions & Elementary School Swim Lessons
Christmas Vacation December 20th-31st
LIFEGUARD LESSON PLAN DESCRIPTIONS
1. LESSON 1: THE PROFESSIONAL LIFEGUARD AND FACILITY SAFETY
2. LESSON 2: FACILITY SAFETY, PATRON SURVEILLANCE AND INJURY PREVENTION
3. LESSON 3: INJURY PREVENTION AND RESCUE SKILLS, PART 1
4. LESSON 4: RESCUE SKILLS, PART 2
5. LESSON 5: BEFORE PROVIDING CARE, VICTIM ASSESSMENT AND BREATHING EMERGENCIES
6. LESSON 6: CARDIAC EMERGENCIES AND USING AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR
7. LESSON 7: FIRST AID
8. LESSON 8: HEAD, NECK AND SPINAL INJURIES IN THE WATER
9. LESSON 9: FINAL WRITTEN EXAM AND FINAL IN-WATER SKILL SCENARIOS