Red Cross AWSI Lesson Plan

AWSI – Red Cross Swim

Objectives:
• Know the Red Cross history in Canada, programs and services, and Seven Fundamental Principles. Identify the various components of the Red Cross Swim program..
• Identify the components of the Haddon Matrix Injury Prevention Model (PEE [personal, environment, and
• equipment; PSSS. Prepare! Stay Safe! Survive!.
• Identify the difference between an “accident” and an “incident” and that “accidents” are predictable and preventable (injury prevention).

Evaluation Criteria:
• Identifies the components of the RC swimming and water safety program
• Identifies how to incorporate inclusion with lessons
• Identifies the link between injury prevention and the RC swim program
• Identifies the components of the Haddon Matrix Approach to Injury Prevention
• Identifies the difference between “accident”and “incident”
Time: 1.5 hours classroom

Materials
• Appendix C (Facilitators guide) handouts
• Appendix B (Facilitator guide) handouts
• Flip chart paper and markers
• Appendix D (Facilitator guide) handouts Activities

Classroom Session (1.5 hours)
**There is no activity that entirely covers objective 1 watch for it in practicum. Seven fundamental principles (15 min): Divide the class into groups of 2 or 3. distribute Appendix B ( facilitator guide) handouts. Have candidates complete and review the answer with the class. Give each group a piece of flip chart paper with a fundamental value on it. Ask candidates to relate it back to being AWSI`s

Key points:

• 7 fundamental principles
• RC history (when RC was established, what year)
Water Safety Program (15 min) : Divide class into groups of 2 or 3. Distribute
Appendix C (Facilitators guide) handouts. Have candidates complete it. Review the answers afterwards with the class.

Key points:
• The different programs RC has offered Injury prevention (20 min): Break class into small groups. Introduce the Haddon matrix (example on board). Ask candidates to share a scar/injury story. Ask them to
create a time line for the incident and then to fill in the Haddon matrix for it. Ask them to identify the factors that caused the incident and what could have been done differently to avoid the incident. Start a discussion with the class. Go over everyone’s posters and have the class talk about why the RC has based their program on injury prevention. Have candidates read p. 2.7 of the AWSI manual.

Key points:
• Understanding the Haddon matrix
• Definition and understanding of injury prevention (developing water safe behaviours, by affecting attitudes through the use of personal experience)
• How the program incorporates injury prevention
• It is the instructors role to ensure injury prevention is encorporated
• Accident Vs Incident
• 5 strategies for incorporating injury prevention. (language, small chunks, ask why, wise choices, simulate choices) and how these strategies for developing your water safety activities and evaluating current activities to identify whether they identify injury prevention or not.

Drowning Statistics (15 min): Split the class into groups and distribute current copies of the 10 year drowning report. Give each candidate a piece of flip chart paper and have them identify the components of a typical victim profile. Each group will present their victim profile and identify how RC swim could have made a difference.

Summary of information: Divide class into two groups Have one group for an inner circle facing out. Have the over group stand facing the inner circle. Give each person a RC question card appendix D. The inner circle begins by reading the information to the outer circle member. They discuss the answer together. The person keeps notes to present at the end. After a few minutes call rotate. The outer circle moves 1 space clock wise. Repeat until everyone have been at each question. Have the candidates read the questions out loud and record the answers. Provide extra information from ch. 2 when needed.

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