Leadership & Lifeguarding

Watch for these upcoming courses. If you are interested in the courses below, have your name put on an interest list  – we will notify you when we run the course.  Please ensure you meet the pre-requisites for each course.

Please contact the Aquatic Supervisors for information on any Leadership Courses and/or upcoming changes.

High School Credits

Did you know that you can get high school credits for taking leadership courses?

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Canadian Swim Patrol – Rookie, Ranger, Star

Have you completed the Swim Kids 8  or higher and want to keep active and learn some lifesaving skills?  This class is fun and energetic and students will work at their own pace to complete up to 3 levels. When you are complete, you will be ready for the Bronze Star Program.

Bronze Star

The first level in the Bronze Family. Great course to introduce rescue skills and it provides excellent preparation for the Bronze Medallion course.

Recommended for kids who have completed Swim Kids 10 or those 10-13 years of age but open to all ages.  If you have some training in Rookie, Ranger or Star – you are ready for this course too!

Bronze Medallion

Learn about rescue techniques, the ABC’s, CPR and water rescue. Stroke improvement, fitness and a timed swim are included (20 lengths in 15 minutes).

Pre-requisites are 13 years of age OR Bronze Star

Bronze Cross

Have you completed your Bronze Medallion?  This is the next step on your way to becoming a lifeguard.  The course continues with advanced rescue techniques – learn about spinal injuries, submerged victims and an introduction to lifeguarding.

Pre-requisite is Bronze Medallion.

NLS – Pool Option

The final step on your road to lifeguarding. Course includes teamwork, communication, public relations, pool chemistry, prevention and water rescue in the pool environment.

Course involves both wet and dry sessions.

Pre-requisites are CPR-C, First Aid (Standard First Aid or Aquatic Emergency Care)Bronze Cross and 16 years of age. First aid and CPR must be CURRENT within 1 year.

Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor Course (AWSI)

This certification course is a prerequisite to the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course. The course covers the foundation of instructional skills including teaching methods, learning styles, physical principles, progressions, communication, safety supervision and feedback. Candidates are evaluated during 8 hours of assistant teaching and through individual study assignments.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates are certified as Assistant Water Safety Instructors, which enables them to co-teach the Red Cross Swim programs under the supervision of a fully certified Water Safety Instructor. 30 hours. Pre-requisites are: 15 years of age and ability of Red Cross Swim Level 10. Once certified, AWSI’s have 2 years to become water safety instructors

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course (WSI)

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course further develops instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan and teach the Red Cross Swim continuum: Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids and AquaAdults programs.

The course focuses on how to effectively apply the information learned in the Assistant Water Safety Instructor Course to the Red Cross Swim programs. Other topics include instructional emergency response skills and stroke development, drills, and corrective strategies. Candidates apply their teaching skills and knowledge during 12 hours of practical teaching experience.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates are certified you as Water Safety Instructors. To remain valid, Water Safety Instructor status must be recertified every two years. Course is 25 hours in length.

Pre-requisites are AWSI and 16 years of age.

Lifesaving Instructors

Are you interested in teaching the Canadian Swim Patrol Program and the Bronze Programs.  It is recommended that you have your WSI before taking this course.

Pre-requisite is 16 years of age & Bronze Cross or NLS.

Boat Operator Accredited Training (B.O.A.T.)

B.O.A.T. is for any operator of a power boat who is required by law to have their pleasure craft operator card.  All boats equipped with a motor under 4 metres, including personal water craft are required to have their card now.

For more information, see the Boat Operator page or contact the Leisure Pool.