Swimming Certifications

An instructor demonstrates CPR

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  • Pen and paper for note taking.
  • Manuals should be brought to each class.
  • Prerequisites must be brought and shown at the first session.
  • Bathing suit and whistle, indoor sandals or deck shoes recommended.
  • Extra towels/sweatshirts for in water courses.
  • Snack or lunch for full day courses.
  • Classes are held at the Athletic Centre.
  • ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATIOAll certification courses are designed for 100% active participation; including in-water participation in order to learn and demonstrate the skills and competencies required to pass the course. Review the course dates carefully before registering for the course to ensure you can attend each session. In the event of an absence due to medical reasons please contact us for details. 
  • PREREQUISITES All first aid, lifesaving, lifeguarding and swim instruction programs have prerequisites which must be obtained prior to the start of the course. Please review the prerequisites for each course carefully and be prepared to show proof at the first session.
  • PRIVACY NOTICE All certification courses require candidates to be registered with the governing body (Red Cross or Lifesaving Society). Personal information will be shared, including name, address, phone number, birth date and email.
  • REFUNDS for certification courses are only accepted up to 4 business days before the course starts and are subject to a 10% administrative fee. Please note a medical note is required for cancellations due to a medical emergency.

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

This is the first required course in the path to becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor. Specific program content can be found on the Lifesaving Society websiteEmergency First Aid is also taught and evaluated.

Bronze Cross

This course builds on the skills taught in Bronze Medallion. It is a prerequisite for all advanced Lifesaving Society programs, including the National Lifeguard award. See prerequisites.

National Lifeguard Certification

National Lifeguard is recognized as the standard lifeguarding certificate in Canada. See prerequisites.

National Lifeguard Re-certification

A National Lifeguard award must be recertified every two years to remain valid. See prerequisites.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

Preparation to instruct Red Cross Swim programs with focus on strategies to introduce and develop swimming and water safety skills across swimming levels. Course materials provided. See prerequisites.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Re-certification

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification must be renewed every two years to remain valid. Course includes a professional development module, program update and skill evaluation. See prerequisites.