Learn to Swim and Leadership Programs
Red Cross Swim Lessons
Program Descriptions - Information guide for all aquatic programs.
Advanced Leadership Path - Information on Advanced Aquatic Leadership courses for individuals who wish to further their aquatic training.
Lifesaving Society Swim Patrol
Swim Patrol develops swimming strength and efficiency with emphasis on Water Smart behaviour. Skill drills enhance capability in the water, good physical conditioning, and lifesaving judgement. Swimmers earn badges and stickers for meeting personal challenges and goals. There are three levels: Rookie, Ranger, and Star Patrol. The next step in the progression is Bronze Star.
Pre-requisite - Can roll into deep water, tread water for 1 minute and then swim 50m.
*The candidate will be required to bring a partner with them from their own social bubble to be their victim for some in-water portions. The partner must be comfortable in deep water, tread water for 1 minute, and can swim at least 50 metres. The instructor will let you know on the first lesson what days/times a partner will be required to attend.
Lifesaving Society Bronze Medals
**Pre-requesite for all Bronze courses: The candidate will be required to bring a partner with them from their own social bubble to be their victim for some in-water portions. The partner must be comfortable in deep water, tread water for 1 minute, and can swim at least 50 metres. The instructor will let you know on the first lesson what days/times a partner will be required to attend.
Bronze Star provides the challenging training that provides a launch point for participants to pursue more advanced levels of training. This program provides both mental and physical training, while having fun learning new skills. These skills include First Aid and CPR as well as lifesaving techniques.
Pre-requisite - Can roll into deep water, tread water for 1 minute and then swim 50m. *Swim Patrol is recommended.
Bronze Medallion will open the door to lifeguarding. It teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water-rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness.
Pre-requisite for Bronze Medallion - 13 years old or completed Bronze Star.
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.
Bronze Cross Pre-requisites - Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid.
Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross & Emergency First Aid Course
Saturdays | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | 12 June - 31 July | Dundonald Hall Pool
*12 & 19 June will be virtual
National Lifeguard Certification
National Lifeguard is Canada's only nationally recognized lifeguard certification program. National Lifeguard is a legal certificate for lifeguarding throughout the country, and the only lifeguard certificate recognized by the province of Ontario. The Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard Core Content teaches the basic principles of lifeguarding in any aquatic situation.
National Lifeguard Pre-requisites - 15 years old, Bronze Cross, and Standard First Aid with CPR’C.
NL Pool Course - Recertification
4:00 - 7:00 pm | Friday 23 July 2021 | Dundonald Hall Pool
4:00 - 7:00 pm | Friday 3 September 2021 | Dundonald Hall Pool
Required course to maintain certification. The National Lifeguard recertification exam is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills and recertify your award. Participant is responsible to review the required content and skills and prepare for the exam. The exam is based on the National Lifeguard Award curriculum. The required content for this curriculum can be found in the Alert and the Canadian Lifesaving Manual.
Prerequisites - Show proof of previous National Lifeguard certification.
The candidate will be required to bring a partner with them from their own social bubble to be their victim. The partner must be comfortable in deep water, tread water for 1 minute, and can swim at least 50 metres.
REd Cross Swimming & Water Safety Instructor (SWS)
This course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs (e.g. Swim Preschool, Swim Kids). Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills.
SWS Pre-requisites - 15 years old, Bronze Cross, and Standard First Aid with CPR’C.
Swimming and Water Safety Instructor Full Course
8:15 - 11:45 am | 7 August 2021 | Black Bear Beach
8:15 - 11:45 am | 27 August 2021 | Dundonald Hall
4:15 - 9:30 pm | 19, 21, 26 & 28 October 2021 | Dundonald Hall
Required course to maintain certification. The recertification will include updates to the Red Cross Swim program and will allow candidates to share ideas, review skills and address areas of challenge. The candidates will be evaluated on their strokes at the Red Cross Swim kids 10 level.
Prerequisites - Show proof of previous SWS certification.
Candidates recertifying for the first time must complete three Red Cross Professional Development Modules prior to attending the course (Teaching Parented Class, Evaluating Strokes, and Supervising the Teaching Experience).
The Lifesaving Instructor course prepares instructors to teach the Lifesaving Society's Canadian Swim Patrol Program, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Fitness, Basic First Aid, Emergency First Aid, and CPR-A/B/C.
Lifesaving Instructor Pre-requisites - 15 years old and Bronze Cross
Lifesaving Instructor Course
Lifesaving Examiner Course
The Examiner course is the first step in the three-step process to be certified as an Examiner for the Society, and it prepares candidates to
successfully apprentice as an Examiner on the exam of their choice. The Examiner course builds on the evaluation experience that candidates have attained in instructor-evaluated awards and content.
Pre-requisite - Experienced lifesaving instructor