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:
Co-delivery of Lifesaving Society programs offers benefits to Society affiliates and the public: