Leadership Aquatic Program (LAP) is a two credit Grade 12 course (PLF 4M2 and PAQ 402)  that is open to all UGDSB students in grades 10 through 12.  It is a fun, hands on course that puts participants in the water for a majority of the class time.  Students enrolled in LAP receive the necessary training and leadership to become employed as Lifeguards and Swim Instructors. 

Successful graduates can earn the following certifications: First Aid, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard, Swim Instructors and High Five. By providing swim lessons to elementary and high school students, LAP students gain the practical experience and skills necessary for employment.  The program also allows students to complete their mandatory volunteer hours for graduation in addition to most of the requirements for their Health and Wellness SHSM diploma. 

Upon completion of the course, students are job ready. The City of Guelph aquatics department and the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club hired more than 60% of last years graduates.  This course also acts as a springboard for those who want to pursue university or college programs in physical education, kinesiology, health care, recreation, leisure management, fitness, health promotion and leadership.  

The Credits

PLF 4M2 - Recreation & Healthy Active Leadership

Students will explore the benefits of lifelong participation in recreation. Students will develop the leadership and coordinating skills needed to plan, organize, and safely implement recreational events. Through mentoring, students will promote and assist others in making informed decisions. The LAP course will prepare students for university programs in physical education and kinesiology, as well as college and university programs in recreation, leisure management, fitness, health promotion, and leadership.

PAQ 402 - Aquatic Activities

LAP promotes participation in enjoyable aquatic activities. Student training will focus on the acquisition and development of life guarding skills and teaching and coaching principles. Students will learn to interact positively with others, communicate effectively and think critically and creatively.



Colleen Craig



(519) 822-1260 Ext 2603

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