Lifesaving and Swimming

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Sue Whitney

As we are an oceanside school it is hardly surprising that we offer students lifesaving and swimming programmes. Designed for beginners/ intermediate/ advanced swimmers, these aquatic programmes are delivered through the Cowichan Aquatic Centre in nearby Duncan. This can be a fairly rigorous programme that includes lane training and stroke correction. Students have the opportunity to gain Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and National Lifeguard Certification. If you are a non-swimmer lessons are offered in terms one and two.

In the pool

Bronze Medallion participants are provided with an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness.

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training and includes an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.

National Lifeguard Service (NLS) training builds on the skills, knowledge and values that the Lifesaving Society teaches in its Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross courses. The training is run over 3 weekends in the second term and if successfully completed, participants will possess the practical skills and knowledge required to be certified lifeguards.

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Swimming in the pool

Sue Whitney

Sue Whitney

B.Ed. (Alberta) Rowing

Sue Whitney is a life-time sportswoman who grew up in England where she trained as a teacher before emigrating to Canada in 1968. She taught briefly in Northern Alberta before teaching in Edmonton for twenty years, subsequently moving to Cobble Hill, BC in pursuit of four separate seasons. After retiring from teaching, she starting coaching field hockey and rowing at Brentwood. A lifelong fan of field hockey, Sue played for Alberta in 1972-1977 and for Canada in 1973 and still plays outdoor games with the local ladies team in the Victoria league. She started the Cowichan Valley indoor field hockey program twenty five years ago. In November 2013 Sue was recognized by Field Hockey B.C. with an award for outstanding contribution to field hockey. An enthusiastic sailor and fan of water, Sue learned to row as an adult and now coaches junior boys rowing and recreational rowing. She is the parent of former students, Mark '91, Rebecca '98. When she isn't out on the water or near the fields, she supervises in all the boarding houses claiming to be the students' favourite granny!

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