Great news for our upcoming Lifeguards-to-be, we are offering the following Lifesaving Society LEADERSHIP COURSES this summer:

WSI Course

Water Safety Instructor Course (WSI)
Cost: $350

Skills Evaluation - Friday, July 2nd, 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
* There are five weeks between the skills evaluation and the classroom/pool portion. This is to allow time for the required 20 hours of online modules and minimum 8 hours of co-teaching experience. The online modules HAVE to be completed before the co-teaching hours and BOTH must be completed by the first day of the classroom/pool portion.*

Classroom/Pool Portion:
Friday, August 6th, 9am - 5:00pm
Saturday, August 7th, 11am - 7:00pm
Sunday, August 8th, 11am - 7pm

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, Red Cross Swim @ School, Red Cross Swim @ Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens, and Red Cross Swim Adapted programs.

Course Components & Length

WSI—Skills Evaluation* – 3–6 hours
WSI—Online – 14–20 hours
WSI—Teaching Experience – minimum 8 hours
WSI—Classroom and Pool – 9 hours classroom, 12 hours pool.
* WSI—Skills Evaluation can be completed before, during or after the WSI—Online or WSI—Teaching Experience, but must be completed before attending the WSI—Classroom and Pool.

Pre-course Requirements
15 years or older by the last day of the WSI - Classroom and Pool, ability to perform Red Cross Swim Kids 10 strokes and skills, and hold one of the following certifications (not required to be current): Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard, Emergency First Aid or equivalent (Bronze Cross certification is the required prerequisite in Quebec).

Completion Criteria
Attend, participate in, and complete 100% of all four course components.
WSI—Teaching Experience: complete a minimum of 4 hours** in each of a Red Cross Swim Preschool and a Red Cross Swim Kids class within 6 months of finishing the WSI—Online.
** Red Cross recommends completing an entire session

All course components are evaluated against specific evaluation criteria on a pass/fail basis.

Course Materials
Water Safety Instructor Workbook
Red Cross Swim Deck Book
Upon successful completion, candidates are certified for 2 years as a WSI, which allows them to teach Red Cross Swim programs without direct supervision.

Complete 3 Water Safety Instructor—Online Professional Development Courses: Evaluating Strokes, Supervising the Teaching Experience, and Teaching Parented Classes, before attending the WSI Recertification Course.

For all the information, visit the Red Cross website: 

Online registration available, here: 

NLS Course

National Lifeguard certification is Canada's professional lifeguarding standard.
National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. The Lifesaving Society trains all of Canada’s National Lifeguards.

Cost: $350

Dates for the course:
Friday, June 11th, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 12th, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 13th, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 18th, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 19th, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 20th, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 - 15 years of age by the day of the exam
 - Bronze Cross by the first day of the course (does not need to be current)
 - Standard First Aid by the first day of the course (does not need to be current)

The Lifesaving Society has developed a training curriculum which provides candidates a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and communication skills as well as responsible attitude towards lifeguarding duties.

A lifeguard's primary role is the prevention of emergency situations and when necessary, a timely, effective response. National Lifeguarding training is designed to prepare candidates of the duties they will encounter as professional facilitators of safe and enjoyable aquatic activities.

Online registration is available, here:

Bronze Star
June 28th, 29th, & 30th, 2021
4:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre 
Bronze Star provides 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. 

Prerequisite: Swim Kids 10

Cost: $125, includes the manual and a whistle 
Online registration is available, here: 

Bronze Medallion
July 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre 
Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles that make up the four components of water rescue - judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk. Lifesavers learn to respond to increasingly complex situations involving conscious and unconscious victims in contact and non-contact rescues. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance with a timed swim. 

Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13 years old by exam day 

Cost: $225, includes the manual and a whistle 
Online registration available, here:

Bronze Cross
July 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, and teamwork. Lifesavers learn the skills involved in the rescue of a victim with a spinal injury, the rescue of pulseless victim, and the rescue of a victim with deteriorating circumstances. 

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid
Cost: $225, includes the manual and a whistle
Online registration available, here: