Co-delivery is the teaching of two or more Lifesaving Society programs within one course/clinic. A common example is AEC and National Lifeguard. When Society programs are co-delivered, all items for each certification must be taught and evaluated to the respective certification standard. The results must be recorded on the appropriate test sheets. The evaluation process must provide for the possibility that a candidate may fail one of the co-delivered programs. The co-delivery must also preserve the intent of the certification. For instance, co-delivering Bronze Cross and National Lifeguard can create a conflict between the lifesaving purpose of Bronze Cross and the lifeguarding purpose of National Lifeguard. Therefore, the teaching and evaluation of a Bronze Cross rescue item cannot be combined with a National Lifeguard rescue situation item; each program must be taught and evaluated separately.
It is possible and acceptable to co-deliver Lifesaving Society programs because of key common features in the design of Society programs. These features include:
shared candidate resources - Bronze Medals certifications use the Canadian Lifesaving Manual as a candidate resource;
common evaluation design - All Society certifications use the same evaluation design and presentation: item description, purpose statement, notes, and must sees. This material is presented in an Award Guide and uses common language to present Society standards. Some certifications share common evaluation items and use the same evaluation standards (e.g. resuscitation skills); and
common leadership training process - Each Lifesaving Society leadership program shares a common approach to teaching and evaluating Lifesaving Society certifications.
Co-delivery of Lifesaving Society programs offers benefits to Society affiliates and the public:
one-stop shopping - Co-delivery of programs help customers conveniently meet their training needs. All lifeguards need National Lifeguard as well as a government recognized standard first aid. Combining National Lifeguard and AEC or LSFA certifications allows the customer to register once and get trained in one course instead of registering and attending two separate courses. Affiliates only need to deal with one organization to purchase course materials, recruit leadership volunteers, submit test sheets, and pay invoices; and
certifications designed to work together - Society certifications are designed with a logical progression from one course to the next (e.g. Bronze Star to Bronze Medallion to Bronze Cross). This is reflected in candidate materials, program content, and evaluation standards. This assists leadership volunteers to plan effectively for the teaching and evaluation of co-delivered programs and certifications.