Canadian Red Cross – Lesson Plan

The Canadian Red Cross offers programs in water safety, babysitting, first aid and CPR. The Red Cross is the leader in instructional programs for all the previously mentioned courses. This page will focus on the Canadian Red Cross lesson plan structure for a water safety instructor (WSI) class. This is a detailed overview coupled with a detailed lesson plan of that section.

Canadian Red Cross

Definition: To further define the roles of the Water Safety Instructor in the Canadian Red Cross and provide more history that builds on the information learned in the AWSI

OBJECTIVES
1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of a WSI representing the Canadian Red Cross.
2. Identify the requirements to maintain a current WSI certification.
3. Identify how to represent the Canadian Red Cross in a professional manner.
4. Identify appropriate uses for the Red Cross emblem.
5. Identify potential signs of maltreatment/harassment and an appropriate course of action for handling
potential disclosures (AWSI Manual, Appendix H).

Evaluation Criteria
-Identifies the roles and responsibilities of a WSI representing the Canadian Red Cross
-Identifies the requirements to maintain a current WSI certification
-Identifies how to represent the Canadian Red Cross in a professional manner.
-Identifies appropriate uses for the Red Cross Emblem
-Has read AWSI appendix H ”Understanding and Responding to Maltreatment”: and WSI appendix K2 “You and the Law”

Activity: PowerPoint Presentation

Materials: Visual Audio equipment.

Objective: Identify the roles and responsibilities of a WSI representing the Canadian Red Cross.
Identify how to represent the Red Cross in a professional Manner.

Time: 15 minutes

Show the Canadian Red Cross PowerPoint presentation. Discuss the slides and have the class identify the common theme that underlies the work of the Canadian Red Cross staff and volunteers (I.e. Promoting humanitarian values and injury prevention).

Activity: The Emblem

Materials: Flipchart, felts.

Objective: Identify appropriate uses for the Red Cross emblem.

Time: 10 minutes

Have the class read over section 2.1 of the Canadian Red Cross section of the WSI manual. Focus on the Use of the red cross name and emblem portion of that page. Take turns reading that section. With the class divided into groups of three have the groups grab a flipchart and a felt and have them write down places they have seen the red cross symbol. Also have them write down and brainstorm a list of recognizable logos, for example: Coke, McDonalds, Clothing labels, Ford, BMW and determine which ones are actually known worldwide.

Key points:
-Copyright of the Red Cross Emblem
-It is a worldwide known symbol

Activity: Appendix H

Materials: None

Time: 10 minutes

Objective: Identify potential signs of maltreatment/harassment and an appropriate course of action for handling potential disclosures (AWSI Manual, Appendix H).

Have the class read over together as a group Appendix H from the AWSI manual. Make everybody have a turn reading a section around the class. Leave some time at the end to go discuss any comments questions or concerns.

Activity: Code of Conduct

Materials: None

Time: 10 minutes

Objective: Identify the roles and responsibilities of a WSI representing the Canadian Red Cross.

Have candidates review the code of conduct on page 2.3 section on Responsibilities of water safety instructors. Facilitate a discussion on what the code of conduct means. For example: when you teach children about injury prevention, you become a role model. Is it appropriate to teach children to always wear a lifejacket in a boat and then not demonstrate the behaviour yourself when out at a lake or river?

Activity: Roles and Responsibilities of a Canadian red Cross WSI.

Objective: Identify the roles and responsibilities of a WSI representing the Canadian Red Cross.
Identify the requirements to maintain a current WSI certification.

Materials: Flipchart, felts

Time: 15 minutes

Divide the candidates into appropriate groups. Have the candidates draw and describe the qualities and features of a great instructor they have had in the past. Look for qualities such as: always on time, greets the swimmers by name, shows an interest in each swimmer, completes administrative work, recognizes swimmers’ accomplishments. Ask them to identify how they will ensure that they demonstrate these qualities (through planning and attention to the work they undertake).

Conclusion: upon completion of this course you will be certified as a Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Instructor;, it is important to keep in mind that you are seen as a representative of the organization and the values that it holds. Ensure that you do your part in promoting the humanitarian values and injury prevention messages when the opportunity arises. Recertification every two years.

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