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 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. Students are expected to have a certain level of swimming proficiency as many rescue skills are specific to the water.

These courses are meant for those who wish to learn lifesaving skills and is a required prerequisite for those who want to become lifeguards. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.

Capacity:
12 people

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

Winter Course (January 12 to March 26, 2023):
Sundays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

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

Winter Registration Opens December 8th at 10:00 AM:
You can register online through CampBrain by clicking the “Registration” button below.

Please note: Agency Membership is required. You must be a University Settlement Agency Member to register. You can sign up as an Agency Member at the front desk at 23 Grange Road.

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. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies.

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

Capacity:
12 people

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.

Fall Course (September 11 to November 27, 2022):
Sundays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Winter Course (January 12 to March 26, 2023):
Sundays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Course Fee:
$250 (plus additional $50 for course materials)

Winter Registration Opens December 8th at 10:00 AM:
You can register online through CampBrain by clicking the “Registration” button below.

Please note: Agency Membership is required. You must be a University Settlement Agency Member to register. You can sign up as an Agency Member at the front desk at 23 Grange Road.

Bronze Star

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.

Recommended:
10 to 15 years of age or completed Swimmer 6

Winter Course (January 12 to March 26, 2023):
Fridays, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Course Fee:
$160

Winter Registration Opens December 8th at 10:00 AM:
You can register online through CampBrain by clicking the “Registration” button below.

Please note: Agency Membership is required. You must be a University Settlement Agency Member to register. You can sign up as an Agency Member at the front desk at 23 Grange Road.

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

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

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

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

Fall Course (September 11 to November 27):
Sundays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Course Fee:
$200 (plus additional $50 for course materials)

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

Prerequisites:

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

Winter Schedule (January 12 to March 26, 2023):

Schedule TBC

Course Fee:
$350 (additional $75 for course manual)

Winter Registration Opens December 8th at 10:00 AM:
You can register online through CampBrain by clicking the “Registration” button below.

Please note: Agency Membership is required. You must be a University Settlement Agency Member to register. You can sign up as an Agency Member at the front desk at 23 Grange Road.

Friendly Reminder: Don’t Forget to Bring your Mask, Gear, and Water

Mask wearing is not required but it is encouraged. Please wear a mask in all indoor spaces (including locker rooms). Don’t forget to bring any gear you need, including your own water bottle (filled).