Lifesaving Training

Interested in continuing to develop your stroke, learning rescue skills or becoming a lifeguard? The Lifesaving Society provides a fun and challenging progression of lifesaving training programs.

Interested in continuing to develop your stroke, learning rescue skills or becoming a lifeguard?

The Lifesaving Society provides a fun and challenging progression of lifesaving training programs.

Our Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross courses for swimmers 13 years of age and up and National Lifeguard Service program can enable you to achieve your goals. Our fast-paced “crash course” curriculum over one or two weekends, depending on the course, enables you to accelerate your completion.

Lifesaving Instructors teach and certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be “current” for 24 months from the certification date.

National Lifeguard certification is the Canadian industry standard to work as a lifeguard.

Lifesaving Training Programs

Bronze Star (New!)

This course develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport.

Prerequisite:
None (Swim Patrol experience recommended)

Crash Course (June 27 to June 29):

  • Monday, June 27 (4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, June 28 (4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, June 29 (4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Course Fee:
$150

Bronze Medallion, Emergency First Aid with CPR-B, and Bronze Cross Combo (New!)

This special course includes Bronze Medallion, Emergency First Aid with CPR-B, and Bronze Cross training.

Bronze Medallion challenges participants both mentally and physically. Judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. The focus is on acquiring the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water. Students will learn how to Safely assess an emergency situation and respond appropriately.

Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and start to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. The importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies is emphasized.

Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.

Prerequisite:
Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (does not need be current)

Summer Combo Course (July 9 to August 20):
Saturdays, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Course Fee:
$450 (plus additional fees for learning materials)

Registration Opens Wednesday, May 25 (at 12:00 pm):
Click the “Register Now” button below to register through Campbrain.

Bronze Medallion

This course challenges participants both mentally and physically. Judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. The focus is on acquiring the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water. Students will learn how to Safely assess an emergency situation and respond appropriately.

Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.

Capacity:
15 people, 6‑feet distance

Prerequisite:
Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (does not need be current)

Crash Course (April 30 to May 1):

  • Saturday, April 30 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday, May 1 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)

Course Fee:
$200 (additional $50 for course manual)

Bronze Cross

This course begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and start to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. The importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies is emphasized.

Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.

Capacity:
10 people, 6‑feet distance

Prerequisites:

  • 14 years of age at time of exam day
  • Bronze Medallion and Lifesaving Society Emergency or Standard First Aid certifications (need not be current) or EFA or SFA from one of the approved agencies.

Crash Course (May 7 to May 15):

  • Saturday, May 7 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday, May 8 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday, May 14 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday, May 15 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)

Course Fee:
$250 (additional $50 for course manual)

National Lifeguarding Certification

Lifeguarding is an exciting and rewarding job that carries great responsibility. Guards take courses and train hard for events they hope will never happen and which they work hard to prevent.

National Lifeguard is Canada’s only nationally recognized lifeguard certification program. Those who pass the program are always in training to keep their skills, knowledge, and fitness sharp. They are required to keep other important certifications such as CPR and first aid up-to-date.

National Lifeguard is a legal certificate for lifeguarding throughout the country and is recognized by the province of Ontario for lifeguarding public swimming pools.

Capacity:
12 people, 6‑feet distance

Prerequisites:

  • 15 years of age at time of exam day
  • Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross

Crash Course (June 4 to June 12):

  • Saturday, June 4 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday, June 5 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday, June 11 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday, June 12 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)

Course Fee:
$350 (additional $50 for course manual)

Swim Instructor Course

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor Course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills.

Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Current Swim Instructors teach and certify candidates in all levels of the Swim for Life® program.

Capacity:
12 people, 6‑feet distance

Prerequisites:

  • 15 years of age by the end of the Swim Instructor Course
  • Bronze Cross (or higher) certification

Crash Course (June 17 to June 26):

  • Friday, June 17 (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
  • Saturday, June 18 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday, June 19 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Friday, June 24 (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
  • Saturday, June 25 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday, June 26 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)

Course Fee:
$550 (additional $97 for course manual)

Health & Safety Steps for Swimmers

Your health and safety, and that of our staff is our top priority. It is everyone’s responsibility. Please familiarize yourself with the health and safety measures at University Settlement.

Pre-Book Your Swim Online

All swims must be pre-booked. No drop-ins.

Wear a Mask

Mask wearing is not required but it is encouraged. Please wear a mask in all indoor spaces (including locker rooms), except the pool.

Maintain Physical Distance

Everyone must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet at all times (including when inside the Locker Rooms).

Bring Your Own Gear and Drinking Water

Bring any gear you need, including your own water bottle (filled). Water fountains are not available at this time.

Limited Access to Locker Rooms

We are limiting the number of people who have access to the Locker Rooms. Locker Rooms are only available to people using the pool or the Grange Fitness Centre.