Lifeguarding Certifications

Bronze Star

Bronze Star 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.  This course includes a 400 m swim to be completed in 12 minutes or better.

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness.  Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types.  This course includes a 500 m swim to be completed in 15 minutes or better.

Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.  Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification.  This course includes a 600 m swim to be completed in 18 minutes or better.  Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

National Lifeguarding 

National Lifeguard certification is the standard measurement of lifeguard performance.  Candidates will develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard.  The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, communication, the prevention of accidents, and treatment of medical emergencies.  Prerequisites: 16 years old, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid.

Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR C

Designed for candidates seeking an in-depth understanding of all aspects of first aid, CPR, AED and medical emergencies such as; medical and legal aspects, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, and burns.  This certification is a compliance with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Assistant Swim Instructor 

Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes.  Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions.  The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized.  Prerequisite: Minimum 15 years old and Bronze Cross.

Lifesaving and Swim Instructor

Lifesaving and Swim Instructor prepares you to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program, Canadian Swim Patrol and the Bronze medal programs.  Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, lifesaving skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.  Prerequisite: Minimum 16 years old and Bronze Cross.

High Five

HIGH FIVE training provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children’s programs in the sport and recreation industry.  Several municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and service providers either require or recommend HIGH FIVE certification for employment.



Colleen Craig

(519) 822-1260 Ext 2603

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