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Lifesaving Training (October 16 to November 21)

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.

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COVID-19 Screening and Mask Wearing

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your swim. Everyone must complete COVID-19 symptom screening when they arrive. Mask wearing is mandatory in all public spaces but not in the pool.

COVID-19 Screening Form

Bronze Medallion (Capacity: 10 people, 6‑feet distance)

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.

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

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

Fees: $150

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Bronze Cross (Capacity: 10 people, 6‑feet distance)

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.

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


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

Fees: $200

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National Lifeguarding Service (Capacity: 10 people, 6‑feet distance)

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.


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

Fees: $225

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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.

  • Screening: Arrive early to allow for screening and check-in.
  • Face Masks: Wear a mask right up until you begin your workout or activity.S
  • Physical Distancing: Maintain physical distancing in the Locker Rooms.
  • Bring any gear you need, including your own water bottle (filled).

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Heather Lesniak
Recreation Supervisor, Aquatics
416-598-3444 ext. 228

Renee Qi
Recreation Administrator
416-598-3444 ext. 227

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