Lifeguard & Leadership Programs

How to Become a Lifeguard and/or Swim Instructor

Step 1 - Bronze Programs

Develop proficiency in lifesaving, resuscitation and water rescue skills. The Bronze awards provide important water safety messages and life skills for the general public and provide the foundation for those who are aiming for a job in lifeguarding.

The Bronze Medal Awards include: Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.

Bronze Star

A pre-Bronze Medallion program, Bronze Star provides excellent preparation for success in obtaining the Bronze Medallion award. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as they relate to water rescue and first aid. Candidates develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard.

Course is 10 hours consisting of both dry and wet sessions.

Bronze Medallion

This course teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn self-rescue techniques, defense and release methods, and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Bronze Medallion includes the CPR-A certification.

Course is 20 hours consisting of both dry and wet sessions.

Bronze Cross

Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic facilities. Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies, while developing stroke endurance and fitness training skills.Bronze Cross includes the CPR-C certification and is one of the pre-requisite awards for all advanced Lifeguarding and Leadership training programs. Bronze Cross is also worth 2 Grade 11 High School Credits.

Course is 20 hours consisting of both dry and wet sessions.