Aquatic Leadership

Candidates must bring proof of prerequisites to registration and to the first day of class. If you purchase your course materials online, please bring your receipt with you to the pool when you pick up your manuals/materials.  Courses are subject to cancellation if numbers are insufficient. Register online at http://www.brantford.ca/recconnect  Registration will continue up to two days prior to course start date. 

Program Refund Policy

Bronze Star 

Ages 10+
This program is an excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400m swim.

Choose from a variety of sessions available:

  • Mondays January 8-March 5 (113474) 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Wednesdays January 10-February 28 (113475) 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Thursdays January 11-March 1 (113476) 5:00-7:00 pm 
  • Saturdays January 6-March 3 (113477) 12:00-2:00 pm
  • Sundays January 7-March 4 (113478) 9:30-11:30 am
  • Mondays March 26-June 18 (113995) 6:00-7:20 pm
  • Wednesdays March 28-June 13 (113997) 5:00-6:20 pm
  • Thursdays March 29-June 14 (113996) 5:00-6:20 pm
  • Saturdays March 24-June 16 (113998) 11:40 am-1:00 pm
  • Sundays March 25-June 24 (113999) 9:30-10:50 am

Cost: $110.00
Materials: CPR Mask Kit $19.50
Prerequisites: none

Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid

13+
This program develops physical fitness, decision-making and judgement skills in preparation for challenging rescues or increased risk. Candidates must be able to complete a 500m swim in 15 minutes or less.

Choose from a variety of sessions available: 

  • Saturdays January 6-March 3 (113473) 9:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Tuesdays January 9-February 27 (113472) 5:00-8:30 pm
  • Saturdays March 24-May 12 (113994) 9:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Tuesdays March 27-May 15 (113993) 5:00-8:30 pm

Cost: $130.00
Materials: Canadian Lifesaving Manual $51, Bronze Medallion Workbook $6.25 & CPR Mask Kit $19.50
Prerequesites: Bronze Star or minimum 13+

Bronze Cross  

This course is a preparation for National Lifeguard designed to teach advanced training techniques, principles of emergency procedures, teamwork, and use of special equipment. Candidates must be able to complete a 600m swim in 18 minutes or less. 

Choose from a variety of sessions available: 

  • Saturdays January 6-March 3 (113470) 10:00 am-1:30 pm
  • Wednesdays January 10-February 28 (113471) 5:00-8:30 pm
  • Saturdays March 24-May 12 (113991) 10:00 am-1:30 pm
  • Wednesdays March 28-May 16 (113992) 5:00-8:30 pm

Cost: $182.00 
Materials: Bring materials used in Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross Workbook $6.25 
Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion and emergency first aid

Standard First Aid

This course includes CPR-C and AED training and provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid is recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays January 20 & 21 OR February 24 & 25 OR April 21 & 22
Time: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Cost: $116.00
Materials: Canadian First Aid Manual $14.50 & CPR Mask Kit $19.50
Prerequisites: none

Standard First Aid (Recert)

Day: Sundays
Time: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Cost: $
Dates: January 21 (113481) or February 25 (113482) or April 22 (114004)

National Lifeguard (pool option)

16+
This certification is Canada's professional lifeguard standard. This training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies. 

  • Friday, February 2 & 9 - 5:00-10:00 pm, Saturday, February 3 & 10 - 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday, February 4 8:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday, February 11 8:00 am-2:00 pm (February 2-4 & 9-11) barcode 112803
  • Monday March 12-Friday March 16 (March Break week) 8:00 am-6:00 pm barcode 112804
  • Friday, May 4 & 11 - 5:00-10:00 pm, Saturday, May 5 & 12 - 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday, May 6 8:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday, May 13 8:00 am-2:00 pm (February 2-4 & 9-11) barcode 112803

Cost: $225.00
Materials: Alert: Lifeguarding in Action $51.00 & CPR Mask Kit $19.50
Prerequisites: 16 years of age on or before course completion date and Bronze Cross and current Standard First Aid Certification (certified by one of the following four agencies: Lifesaving Society, Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and Canadian Ski Patrol).  

National Lifeguard Re-certification 

Previous certification as a NLS Lifeguard.  Please bring certification card. See description for National Lifeguard above.

  • Saturday, March 24 (114008)
  • Thursday, June 2 (113986)

Time: 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Cost: $98.00

Lifesaving Society & Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course 

15+
Upon successful completion of this program candidates will be able to instruct the swimming lesson program (Water Safety Program). Sessions include developing skills in the areas of class management, teaching, evaluation, leadership, communication and administration. 

View more details about this new program online. (link opens in a new window)

Dates: watch for upcoming dates in the New Year

Cost: $256.00
Materials: Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Workbook & Red Cross Swim Deck Book $85, LSS Instructor Package $55.00
Prerequisites: 15 + and one of the following Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard Certifications

Water Safety Instructor Re-certification 

Previous certification of Water Safety Instructor. 

  • March 24 (114009)
  • June 2 (113986)

Day: Saturdays
Time: 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Cost: $108.00

Aquatic Supervisor Training

This course prepares candidates for the responsibilities associated with being aquatic supervisors, head lifeguards and pool managers.

Prerequisites: Lifesaving Instructor or National Lifeguard. Candidates must bring a letter from their employer confirming that they have completed a minimum of 100 hours of lifeguarding or instructing.

Date: Saturday, May 5 (113990)
Time: 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Cost: $136.75

NEW! Lifesaving Sport

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals offers participants a recreational introduction to lifesaving sport skills. The program also teaches team building, fair play, ethics in sport and responsibility. Learn and compete in various lifesaving sport skills including obstacle swim, line throw, swim with fins, tow with rescue tube and more. 

Dates: 

  • Wednesdays January 10-February 28 (114005) 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Sundays January 7-March 4 (114006) 10:00 am-12:00 noon
  • Wednesdays March 28-June 13 (114001) 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Sundays March 25-June 25 (113474) 10:00 am-12 noon

Cost: $79.00 
Material required: none
Prerequisites: must be able to swim at least 50m or completed Swim Kids 3

NEW! Step 1: Attend the "Instructors Course-Part 1: Screening"

The Instructors Course is a requirement to attend prior to beginning the Instructor course. All manuals will be distributed at the screening, swimming strokes will be assessed, peer teaching assignments and online module training requirements will be discussed. 

  • Thursday, January 4 (114629)
  • Sunday, March 18 (114270)

Cost: $40
Time: 9:00 am-6:00 pm

NEW! Step 2: Attend the "Instructors Course-Part 2: Course"

The Swimming Instructors course combines two industry leading instructor certifications. 

Water Safety Instructor: Upon successful completion of this program candidates will be able to instruct the swimming lesson program (Water Safety Program). Sessions include developing skills in the areas of class management, teaching, evaluation, leadership, communication and administration. Prerequisites: 15+ years of age and one of the following Bronze Cross OR National Lifeguard.

Lifesaving Instructor: Upon successful completion of this program candidates will be able to instruct lifesaving and leadership programs (Bronze Levels). Sessions include learning to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the lifesaving  Society's lifesaving and first aid awards. Prerequisites: 16+ years of age and one of the following Bronze Cross OR National Lifeguard.

Cost: $216.00

Dates: 

  • Fridays (Feb. 23 & Mar. 9) 5:00-10:00 pm, Saturdays (Feb. 24 & March 10) 9:00 am-6:00 pm and Sundays (Feb. 25 & March 11) 9:00 am-6:00 pm (114264)
  • Fridays (May 18 & June 1), Saturdays (May 19 & June 2) and Sundays (May 20-June 3) 9:00 am-6:00 pm (114267)

How to become a Life Guard / Instructor

How to become a qualified National Lifeguard Service:

  • Bronze Star (Recommended 10 year)
  • Bronze Medallion/Emergency First Aid & CPR B (Must be 13 years or have Bronze Star)
  • Bronze Cross (Must have Bronze Medallion)
  • Standard First Aid and CPR C (Recommended Emergency First Aid Certification)
  • National Lifeguard Service (Minimum 16 years of age by course end date; Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid. LSS, Red Cross or St. John Ambulance)

How to become a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor:

  • Bronze Star (Recommended 10 year)
  • Bronze Medallion/Emergency First Aid & CPR B (Must be 13 years or have Bronze Star)
  • Bronze Cross (Must have Bronze Medallion)
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (15 years of age. One of the following certification - Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor; Emergency First Aid or higher; Bronze Cross; certification need not be current. Ability to complete Red Cross Swim Kids 10 level. Teaching experience: (candidates must complete one 8 lesson session at the Gretzky Centre).

How to become a LSS Lifesaving Instructor:

  • Bronze Star (Recommended 10 year)
  • Bronze Medallion/Emergency First Aid & CPR B (Must be 13 years or have Bronze Star)
  • Bronze Cross (Must have Bronze Medallion)
  • LSS Lifesaving Instructor (16 years of age. Bronze Cross or NLS Certification (need not be current)
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