There are only three prerequisites: being 16 years old, having completed a General First Aid and the the National Lifeguard Waterfront Option course. Rather than teaching the Surf Option course over 20 hours of training as required by the Lifesaving Society, we teach it over a total of 40 hours. This allow candidates to maximize the practice time in the ocean which makes it for successful candidates and better lifeguards. As part of the training, we cover all elements of the National Lifeguard Waterfront option, thereby offering the double certification. It is not necessary for a candidate to have the Waterfront certification before our departure since it is included in the course in Hawaii. However, the National Lifeguard Waterfront Option course remain an important asset in the preparation and achievement of an aspiring candidate. This certification is strongly recommended even though it’s not mandatory for the course.
The National Lifeguard Surf Option course is an option of the National Lifeguard and has just the same requirements as the Waterfront option. The same concepts are applied, but in the ocean. Some of the physical tests, the 100-100-100 and the 200-200-200. In the 100-100-100, the candidates must run 100 meters, swim 100 meters, rescue a conscious victim and tow him to the shore for another 100 meters. The test is done with a rescue tube. In the 200-200-200, the candidates must run 200 meters, swim 200 meters, and run 200 meters. The maximum time allowed is 8 minutes.
The answer is yes but you must understand one very simple principle. Sharks live in the ocean so we’re entering their home… Fortunately for swimmers, sharks do not come close to the shore. They need to be offshore in very deep water. In addition, sharks are not at all interested in human flesh! They eat more fatty foods, such as seals. Shark attacks are very rare. There is nothing to fear as the course takes place at beaches with a low risk of sharks.
The National Lifeguard Surf Option course is given in 40hrs. The trip in Hawaii is for a duration of 2 weeks so there is plenty of time to explore ! Besides, we are visiting different beaches throughout the course to learn in different environments. This course gives you tons of experience that you probably wouldn’t live without it.
Our team is composed of 4 qualified and experienced instructors. Each instructor teaches a maximum of 9 candidates (ratio imposed by the Lifesaving Society). The group will be composed of a maximum of 36 candidates. Also, a fifth instructor is joining our team to offer a lower ratio candidates vs. Instructors that is imposed by the Lifesaving Society. Normally, these places are quickly filled and we proceed on the principle of first-come, first-served. If there is space available upon the reception of your deposit and registration, you are officially registered!
The hotel is located 5 minutes walking distance from the beach of Waikiki. The city of Waikiki is full of actions and activities to please everyone such as shops, boutiques, restaurants, movie theatre, etc. The hotel is located in the heart of all of this!
The island of Oahu offers a huge variety of beaches, each with different characteristics. We’ll make you live a lot of different experiences! Makapu’u, Mokuleia, Haleiwa beach park and more are waiting for you!
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included for the candidates package during the 5 days of the course. A full breakfast after the morning training is served buffet style, lunch boxes prepared by a caterer and a hot dinner, again prepared by a caterer after a hard day in the ocean. No need to worry during the course !
We offer the accompanist package to everyone who wishes to travel during the holidays. This package includes the flight, hotel, transfers (from the airport to the hotel and back) and taxes. This trip costs $ 2,595. It is possible to place the accompanists in the same room as the candidate, or even to reserve rooms on different floors, as you prefer.
During a typical day of the Surf Option course, there is a workout of about 30-45 minutes on the beach at the camp. Then candidates have one hour to change and have breakfast which is served on the patio. A lunch box prepared for the group by a catered is served everyday for lunch during the course. When we return to the camp at around 6PM, a hot dinner prepared for us by a caterer is served in the dinning room.
Before the course begin, we bring the candidates to do a grocery shopping to buy whatever food they want. During the course it is possible to bring a cooler/lunch box on the beach with snacks. We usually take an hour break for lunch and several quick breaks throughout the day to drink water, have a snack and of course put sunscreen on!
Each room has a refrigerator, two-burner stove top, a microwave and a stove. There’s a grocery store three blocks away where you can find everything you need and of course there is restaurants everywhere around the hotel.
It is very early to confirm anything but here is an overview of the schedule: December 24th : Departure from Montreal airport December 25th and 26th: Days off 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31st of December: National Lifeguard Surf Option course 1-6th of January: vacation days January 7th: Departure from Honolulu January 8th: Arrival in Montreal During a typical course day: 7:00AM: Training to Wake you up and to stretch at Mokuleia beach. 7:45AM: End of the workout and breakfast break 9.AM: Departure from the camp by bus (we visit different beaches during each day) From 10:00AM until 4:45PM: Course (surveillance, rescue, educational games and full of surprises …) with an hour break for lunch 5:00PM: Departure by bus from the beach towards the camp 6:00PM: Dinner together at the camp 7:00PM: Team Feedback 7:30PM: Free time in the evening
Jianca Lazarus is the official photographer of the course. She is a professional sports photographer. She will travel with the group at all times. With devices and lenses of all kinds, she took over 3000 pictures last year! The choice of the photos you want to develop will be made upon our return from the trip which is usually in February. All the equipments and Jianca’s trip is included in your package. You will simply pay for the photos you select for development.
When we receive your inscription we will call you to confirm reception and we will send you the official document for the candidate. This document provides all the informations you need to know about the course and how to prepare for it.