Aquatics Lifesaving Leadership Courses run from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm each day over the week.

Venue: Peter Gilgan Family YMCA

To register for these courses, click here (hover your mouse pointer on “Products/Services”, click on “Courses/Programs” and then choose your program). You may also visit the Membership Services desk.

Fees do not include Canadian Lifesaving and Canadian First Aid manuals. However, they can be purchased.

Week information:

PeriodDurationPeriodDuration
Week 1June 29 - July 3Week 6August 4-7
Week 2July 6-10Week 7August 10-14
Week 3July 13-17Week 8August 17-21
Week 4July 20-24Week 9August 24-28
Week 5July 27-31Week 10August 31 - September 4

Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star)

  • Weeks: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
  • Pre-requisite: participants must be able to swim  25m and tread water in deep end.

Member fee: $260 (5 day week) / $210 (4 day week)
Non-Member fee: $280 (5 day week) / $230 (4 day week)

Focuses on stroke improvement, endurance and develops First Aid skills and rescues to prepare participants for the Lifesaving Society course.

Do note that this program is for children between the ages of 6 and 10. Under certain circumstances though, accommodations can be made for older children.


Bronze Star + Basic First Aid

  • Weeks: 2,4,5,8,10
  • Pre-requisite: Participants must hold a minimum Ranger in Swim Patrol.

Member fee: $260
Non-Member fee: $280

Prepares candidates for the Bronze Medallion program. Candidates will learn rescue skills, First Aid, resuscitation, and self-rescue techniques, while improving stroke technique and endurance.


Bronze Medallion + Emergency First Aid with CPR “B”

  • Weeks: 1,3,6,9
  • Pre-requisite: Participants must be 13 years and over OR hold Bronze Star award. Emergency First aid course covers the general knowledge of First Aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include victim assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, choking, and what to do for external bleeding, heart attack, and stroke.

Member fee: $260 (5 day week) / $210 (4 day week)
Non-Member fee: $280 (5 day week) / $230 (4 day week)

Teaches participants responses to complex water rescue situations. Moreover, it helps develop physical fitness, decision-making and judgment skills. Additional materials may be purchased on first day of lesson.

Lifesaving Society requires 100% attendance.


Bronze Cross + Standard First Aid with CPR “C”

  • Weeks: 1,4,6,10
  • Pre-requisite: Participants must hold Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR B Standard First Aid.

Member fee: $280 (5 day week) / $230 (4 day week)
Non-Member fee: $300 (5 day week) / $250 (4 day week)

Challenges Lifesavers with more advanced training and introduces safe supervision in aquatic facilities, the  principles of teamwork, procedures and use of special equipment. 100% attendance is required by lifesaving society.

This is a continuation of the Emergency First Aid course with a more detailed understanding of First Aid including: legal implications of First Aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies.


Aquatics Lifesaving Leadership CoursesNational Lifeguard (NL)

  • Weeks: 2,7
  • Pre-requisite: participants must be at least 16 yrs old by the date of exam; hold Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid + CPR “C”.

Member fee: $350
Non-Member fee: $380

This nationally recognized Lifeguarding program emphasizes teamwork, leadership and communication in prevention of accidents and also treatment of medical emergencies.

Lifesaving Society requires 100% attendance.


LSS Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor

  • Weeks: 5,8
  • Pre-requisite: participants must be at least 16 years old by the date of exam; hold Bronze Cross or NLS.

Member fee: $300
Non-Member fee: $330

Basically, this course contains two certifications: LSS Swim Instructor and LSS Lifesaving Instructor/Emergency First Aid Instructor certification.

Firstly, the Swim Instructor portion prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. And secondly, the Lifesaving Instructor portion prepares individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and First Aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Society’s Lifesaving and First Aid awards.

Lifesaving Society requires 100% attendance.


The YMCA of Oakville Aquatics department runs Aquatics Lifesaving Leadership Courses. For more information on this camp program, please contact Nadyia Ng.