Lifeguard and Instructor Courses

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 up to two days prior to course start date. View our program refund policy

Bronze Star (8 years and over)

This course 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.  Register online beginning November 15. no classes February 2, March 11, 12, 14, 16 and May 20.

Cost: $115.00
Sessions: 10
Materials: CPR Mask Kit $19.50
Prerequisites: none

Days, start dates, time and activity numbers:

  • Saturdays beginning January 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:05 p.m., activity #7538
  • Mondays beginning January 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., activity #7537
  • Tuesdays beginning January 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., activity #7541
  • Thursdays beginning January 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m., activity #7539
  • Tuesdays beginning April 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., activity #7836
  • Thursdays beginning April 18 from 4:50 p.m. to 6:10 p.m., activity #7835
  • Saturdays beginning April 20 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:05 p.m., activity #7834
  • Mondays beginning April 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., activity #7833

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid (13 years and over)

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. Prerequisites: Bronze Star or minimum age 13 years. Material required: CPR mask $19.50, Canadian Lifesaving Manual $54.90 and Bronze Medallion workbook $6.80. No classes February 2 and May 20. Register online beginning November 15.

Cost: $135.00 
Sessions: 8

Day, start dates, times and activity numbers:

  • Saturdays beginning January 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., activity #7536
  • Mondays beginning January 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., activity #7535
  • Mondays beginning April 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., activity #7831
  • Saturdays beginning April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., activity #7832

Bronze Cross  (13 years and over)

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. Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid. Material required: bring all materials from Bronze Medallion course and Bronze Cross workbook $6.80. No classes February 2. Register online beginning November 15.

Cost: $186.00
Sessions: 8

Day, start dates, times and activity numbers:

  • Saturdays beginning January 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., activity #7532
  • Wednesdays beginning January 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., activity #7533
  • Wednesdays beginning April 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., activity #7830
  • Saturdays beginning April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., activity #7829

LSS Standard First Aid and CPR-C 

This course teaches aspects of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and join injuries, chest injuries, and medical emergencies. Materials required: Canadian First Aid Manual $19.25. Register online beginning November 15 for 2019 programs.

Dates and activity numbers: 

  • November 24 and 25, activity #6760
  • January 19 and 20, activity #6869
  • March 9 and 10, activity #8183
  • April 27 and 28, activity #8184
  • June 15 and 16, activity #8185

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Day: Saturday and Sunday
Cost: $116.25
Sessions: 2

LSS Standard First Aid and CPR-C Resert

Register online for 2019 programs beginning November 15.

Dates and activity numbers: 

  • November 25, activity #6761
  • January 20, activity #6870
  • March 10, activity #8186
  • April 28, activity #8187
  • June 16, activity #8188

Day: Sundays
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $100.00
Sessions: 1

National Lifeguard Pool (16 years and over)

This certification is Canada's professional lifeguard standard. This training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies. Prerequisites: Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid. Materials required: ALERT Lifeguard in Action $54.90. Register online for 2019 programs beginning November 15.

  • Sunday to Monday and Thursday to Saturday, December 27 to 31, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., activity #6754
  • February 8 to 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., activity #7842
  • March 11 to 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., activity #7843
  • May 3 to 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., activity #7844

Cost: $229.00 
Days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday (2019 programs)
Sessions: 5

National Lifeguard recert (16 years and over) 

Previous certification as a NLS Lifeguard.  Please bring certification card. See description for National Lifeguard above. Register online for 2019 programs beginning November 15.

Dates and activity numbers:

  • Friday, December 28, activity #6758
  • Sunday, March 17, activity #6888
  • Sunday, June 2, activity #8182

Cost: $100.00 
Sessions: 1
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor recert (16 years and over) 

Previous certification of Water Safety Instructor. 

Date: Friday, December 28
Time: 3:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $108.00
Activity #: 6759

Aquatic Supervisor Training "AST" (16 years and over)

For deck-level supervisory staff, this 10 hour course provides the knowledge and skills (beyond National Lifeguard certification) to manage a safe aquatic environment. Prerequisite: National Lifeguard or Lifesaving Society Instructor certifications and 100 hours experience as a lifeguard and/or instructor.

Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activity #: 8189

LSS Assistant Instructor course (13 years and over)

Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the optional Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help certified instructors with swimming adn lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching, and they master basic progressions. Prerequisites: Bronze Cross or higher certification. Materials: Canadian Lifesaving Manual from previous courses and optional Assistant Instructor workbook is recommended. Register online beginning November 15. 

Dates and times: Friday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activity # 7838
Cost: 216.00
Sessions: 3

Swim for Life-Swim Instructors course (16 years and over)

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills. Prerequisites: Bronze Cross or higher certification. Materials: Swim Instructor pack $83.70 which includes an Instructor Manual, Swim for Life Award Guide, Teaching Swim for Life and binder. Bring your Canadian Lifesaving Manual for on-course reference.

Cost: 216.00
Sessions: 3
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fridays and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dates and activity numbers:

  • March 1 to 3, activity #7840
  • May 31 to June 2, activity #7841

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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