|Title||Education Standards (Water Rescue Service of Czech Red Cross)|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Novotna, J, Miler, PDT|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
The educational programme of Czech Red Cross with current certification was commenced in the year 1990 and was revised in the year 1999. The aim of the research was to suggest an innovation of the existing educational programme in a way that it would correspond to contemporary worldwide trends in this specific area, i.e. to the ILS standards.
The selection of countries for the comparative analysis with the Czech educational system and the ILS Standards was based not only on material/data availability, but, above all on the long term experience in education in the particular country. Slovakia was included to provide a parallel comparison of the progress after the Water Rescue Service of Slovak Red Cross was separated from the Water Rescue Service of Czechoslovakian Red Cross. Also included were Ireland, Canada, UK and the USA.
The certificates of each educational programme were divided into the following four groups: Junior Certificates, Basic Certificates, Educational Certificates and Special/other Certificates. Partial criteria for comparison within the scope of each group were the age limits for entering a course, duration of the course and validation period of the certificate. Thanks to the detailed comparison, we succeeded in complementing the requisites of the final assessment criteria of our educational programme so that it corresponds to the outcomes and recommended ILS standards.
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Qualitative research, Analysis, Comparison, Synthesis and Discussion.
The current educational programme of Water Rescue Service of Czech Red Cross (Picture 1)
Comparison Ã¢â‚¬" Junior Certification
Comparison Ã¢â‚¬" Educational Certification
The outcome - Junior Certification
Junior Lifeguard V.
Distance swim Swim relay Run-Swim-Run
The outcome Ã¢â‚¬" Junior Certification
Junior Lifeguard IV.
Distance swim Swim relay Master the rowboat
The outcome Ã¢â‚¬" Basic Certification
Lifeguard / Lifesaver III.
The outcome Ã¢â‚¬" Educational Certification
Instructor / Lifesaver I
The outcome Ã¢â‚¬" Special Certification
The education of water rescue staff in the Czech Republic is on a very good level. At some points it even surpasses the requisites assigned by ILS. Nevertheless, there is a ceaseless possibility of further progress in this field on grounds of international experience and cooperation.