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.

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 (October 16 to November 21)

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.

Lifesaving Instructors teach and evaluate skills, but only Bronze Examiners may certify candidates. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.

10 people, 6‑feet distance

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

Date & Time:
Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17
8:30 am to 5 pm


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.

Lifesaving Instructors teach and evaluate skills, but only Bronze Examiners may certify candidates. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.

10 people, 6‑feet distance

Bronze Medallion and Lifesaving Society Emergency or Standard First Aid certifications (need not be current)

Date & Time:

  • Saturday, October 23 & Sunday, October 24: 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31: 8:30 am to 5 pm


National Lifeguarding Service

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.

10 people, 6‑feet distance

Date & Time:

  • Saturday, November 13 & Sunday, November 14: 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday, November 20 & Sunday, November 21: 8:30 am to 5 pm


New 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 mandatory health and safety measures at University Settlement.

Pre-Book Your Swim Online

All swims must be pre-booked. No drop-ins. Pre-book your swim session online using our new online portal: PickTime. See below for more details.

Arrive Early to Check-in and Complete Screening

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your swim session begins. Everyone must complete COVID-19 symptom screening when they arrive. You can complete your screening questionnaire online to speed up the process.

Proof of Vaccination

To enter the facility, everyone must show their Proof of Vaccination (two doses plus 14 days) along with an original piece of government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, health card, passport, Canadian permanent resident card, etc.).

Wear a Mask

Mask wearing is mandatory in all public spaces but not during your swim session.

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.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to use the reservation you have made for the Pool, please cancel it right away. Reservations will be held for 15 minutes. If you arrive later than 15 minutes, you will lose your priority and your spot will be given to another member.

With our new limited capacity, the Pool may be totally booked up on PickTime but in reality there are often spaces available when people don’t show up. Please be considerate of your fellow members and cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend. Thank you.