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Beach Alert Jr. Lifeguard Camp


Beach Alert Jr. Lifeguard Camps teach young lifesavers the skills they need to stay safe and to respond to an aquatic emergency, with a focus on fun, fitness, first aid, water safety, and leadership.

The VLA Beach Alert camps train Jr. Lifesavers in three different environments; preparing participants for first aid emergencies on land, water rescues in pools, and safety on the beach and in the ocean.

This dynamic approach provides well-rounded exposure to the different elements oflifesaving and introduces participants to the fundamentals of real world lifesaving.

224534_219497951435346_7119290_nThe camps include an introduction to lifeguard-specific skills, such as hand signals, communication, rescue drills, and the use of specialized equipment. Through relay races and simulated rescue, Beach Alert participants have fun as they learn, using fun equipment such as the paddleboards, rowboats, kayaks, and rescue cans.

The Beach Alert program is also an excellent introduction to basic skills if your child is preparing for Bronze Medallion, and is an excellent review of material in preparation for NLS. Getting hired as a lifeguard in Vancouver can be difficult because so many young people are certified each year with the minimum requirements for the job.



252587_193408127377662_6782079_nAs a program recognized by the Vancouver Park Board, your child can get an edge on the competition by boosting their resume with the Beach Alert Program.

Both courses run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. weekday mornings, with one week per session.

Pick up and drop off at Kits Yacht Club (Link: 2401 Point Grey Rd.).

Cost for one week is $150 per child, and includes a Beach Alert t-shirt along with registration in an exciting Jr. Lifeguard Competition.

The competition will take place at the end of the summer, and will give each participant the chance to show off what they have learned, and also to experience the thrill of competing in fitness and first aid events. Certificates will also be awarded at the competition!


PrintBasic Program

For ages 9-15.*

The classic camp — for first time participants and those who are still learning the basic skills like eggbeater, sculling, entries, paddling, and rowing.

Through fun and games, participants learn one first aid skill per day, practice basic skills in the pool, play Beach Flags, and become comfortable with the equipment.

Advanced Program

For children aged 12 and older who are experienced with the Beach Alert Program or who have successfully completed at least a Bronze Medallion.*

This more challenging camp has a greater focus on simulated rescue in different environments, adapting the rescue ladder approach to the real world, and underwater searches.

* For both the Basic and Advanced programs, participants must be able to swim at least two lengths of a normal-sized pool (50m) and tread water for at least one minute.


Watersports Combo Camp with MAC Sailing

This exciting camp includes the classic Beach Alert program with a full day of sailing with MAC Sailing at Kits Yacht Club. It is available in combination with either the Basic and Advanced programs.

It is offered a few times each summer (along with the regular program); check back here in 2017 for more details!





The Curriculum

In the classroom at KYC, participants will learn:ba_bandage

  • Safety related to performing first aid.
  • How to make efficient calls to EMS (9-1-1).
  • CPR and choking procedures.
  • First aid for burns, sprains, bleeding, stroke, heart attack.
  • Leadership and efficient use of bystanders in an emergency.

In Kits Pool, participants will learn:

  • How to use the “Rescue Ladder” to save a drowning person while keeping themselves safe.
  • Lifesaving skills such as eggbeater and ‘reverse and ready’.
  • Efficient movement in shallow, mid-depth, and deep water.
  • How to retrieve an unconscious victim.
  • Lifeguard fitness items, such as a practice Run, Swim, Tow.


ba_dockOn the Kits Beach and in the ocean, participants will learn:

  • Fun fitness games, such as Beach Flags.
  • Communication and hand-signals. Using a loud “lifeguard voice.”
  • How to use paddleboards, rowboats, rescue cans, and kayaks efficiently in rescues and races.
  • General water safety around the beach. Why the rules exist and how they keep people safe.

Every week, swimmers’ skills vary, and our excellent leader to participant ratio allows for every child, from novice to swim club level athlete, to challenge themselves to swim faster and farther than they thought possible.




Online registration is closed for 2016.

** Reminder: Please take care to register for either the Basics or Advanced programs! **

You may register online when the system is available, or call the Vancouver Aquatic Center or Kits Pool:

VAC: 604 665 3424 | Kits Pool: 604 731 0011



We hope to see your child in one of our Beach Alert weeks!