Aquatics Lifesaving Leadership Courses are held at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA and run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day over the week. Canadian Lifesaving and Canadian First Aid manuals are not included in the course fees but can be purchased for an additional fee. Certifications obtained are valid for two years. 


Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star): focuses on stroke improvement, endurance and develops First Aid skills and rescues to prepare participants for the Lifesaving society course. 

Pre-requisite: participants must be able to swim 25m and tread water in deep end. 

Bronze Star + Basic First aid 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. 

Pre-requisite: participants at least holds the Ranger award in Swim Patrol

Bronze Medallion + Emergency First Aid with CPR “B”  

Bronze Medallion course teaches participants responses to complex water rescue situations. It develops physical fitness, decision-making and judgment skills. 100% attendance is required by lifesaving society. Additional materials may be purchased on first day of lesson. 

Pre-requisite: participants must be 13 yrs 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. 

Bronze Cross + Standard First aid with CPR “C” 

Bronze Cross course 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. 

Pre-requisite: participants must hold Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR B 

Standard Frist aid 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

National Lifeguard Services (NLS) is a nationally recognized Lifeguarding program. The course emphasizes teamwork, leadership and communication in prevention of accidents and treatment of medical emergencies. 100% attendance is required by lifesaving society. 

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

LSS Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor 

This course contains two certifications: LSS swim instructor and LSS lifesaving instructor/Emergency First Aid instructor certification. 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. 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. 100 % attendance is required by Lifesaving Society. 

Pre-requisite: participants must be at least 16 yrs old by the date of exam; hold Bronze Cross or NLS

PLEASE NOTE: A physical standards exam is scheduled for the last day of Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, NLS, LSS swim and lifesaving instructor course, Emergency First Aid and Standard First Aid. Exam dates cannot be re-scheduled. Anyone who fails to attend the exam date must re-take the full course.


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For all aquatics leadership course information, please contact: 

Aquatics Department at 905-845-5597 ext. 244 or 307 or