Lifesaving Society Aquatic Courses

Wading Pool Attendant

Wading Pool Attendant provides knowledge of wading pool operations and the lifesaving skills needed to prevent injuries and promote the safe use of wading pools.

This course identifies the role and responsibilities of a Wading Pool Attendant and provides training in how the attendant can identify, control, and eliminate risks and hazards through facility analysis.

Prerequisites: Minimum 14 years of age and emergency first aid certification.

Patrol Rider

Patrol Rider (8-10 hr.) provides lifesaving knowledge and rescue techniques applicable to personal watercraft (PWC). Patrol Rider trains lifeguards to provide fast, efficient and safe response to water-related emergencies. Includes: safe operation and maintenance of the PWC; how to rescue various victim types, quick pick-ups, victim care and transport to emergency services.

Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age. Pleasure Craft Operator certification. National Lifeguard certification (waterfront or surf option recommended but not required). NL certification need not be current.

Bronze Star

(10-12 hr.): excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400 m swim.

Prerequisites: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.)

Bronze Medallion

(18-20 hr.): Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency in a 500 m timed swim.

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

Bronze Cross

(18-20 hr.): Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Includes a timed 600 m swim.

Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid certifications (need not be current).

National Lifeguard

National Lifeguards are always in training to keep their skills, knowledge and fitness sharp. Some are trained in advanced treatments like using oxygen or in the use of specialized equipment like defibrillators and personal watercraft. National Lifeguard is Canada’s only nationally recognized lifeguard certification program. National Lifeguard (NL) is a legal certificate for lifeguarding throughout the country. It is the only lifeguard certificate recognized by the province of Ontario for lifeguarding public swimming pools.

Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age. Bronze Cross certification and Standard First Aid CPR-C

Aquatic Supervisor

For deck level supervisory staff, this 10 hr. course provides the knowledge and skills, beyond National Lifeguard certification, to manage a safe aquatic environment.

Prerequisites: National Lifeguard (or) Lifesaving Society Instructor Swim or Lifesaving) certification (need not be current); and 100 hr. experience as a lifeguard and/or instructor.

Aquatic Management

For recreation professionals responsible for overseeing the operation of aquatic facilities, this 10 hr. training program provides the knowledge required to provide a safe aquatic environment.

Prerequisites: None.

SEE Auditor

The 3-4 hr. SEE Auditor (Supervision Evaluation and Enhancement) course is designed to give individuals the knowledge, training and tools required to evaluate the safety of lifeguard and instructor supervision using a quantifiable measuring system.

Prerequisites: NL Examiner, Aquatic Supervisor or Aquatic Management.

Aquatic Safety Inspector

For those interested in evaluating operational safety standards for aquatic facilities, this 12 hr. certification provides a strong understanding of the regulations, protocols and guidelines that apply to the operation of aquatic facilities. Participants apply knowledge learned in the class through hands-on inspections using Society Inspection checklists.

Prerequisites: None.

Aquatic Safety Auditor

Safety Auditor candidates attend a 4 hr. Safety Auditor Clinic which prepares them to apprentice with an experienced Aquatic Safety Auditor.

Prerequisites: Lifesaving Society Aquatic Safety Inspector certification (need not be current).

Pool Operator 1

The Pool Operator Level 1 course blends safety management with the essential knowledge of facility operation. The course provides pool operators with the knowledge and resources to operate and maintain safe swimming pools in accordance with provincial health regulations.

Prerequisites: None.

Pool Operator 2

The Pool Operator Level 2 focuses on regulatory standards for pool operation and chemical application principles in order to maintain balanced swimming pool water. Participants learn to problem solve and how to safely adjust swimming pool chemical levels in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment for bathers and staff.

Prerequisites: Lifesaving Society Pool Operator Level 1 or equivalent.