Rookie, Ranger, Star Patrol & Bronze Star

The Swim Patrol provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim. Swim Patrol’s three levels - Rookie, Ranger, and Star - continue to develop participants’ swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Lifesaving Society’s Bronze medal awards.

These programs are the first steps to becoming a lifeguard! Swimmers learn the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for rescues of conscious and unconscious victims. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim.

12 hour Advanced Course

Day and Time: Winter, Spring and Fall Sessions Only
Thursday Evenings
6:30-7:30 pm

Cost: $113.00 (taxes and awards included)

Bronze Medallion with Emergency First Aid or Bronze Cross

These two courses are the first steps to becoming a lifeguard! Swimmers learn the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skills, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for rescues of conscious and unconscious victims. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Students spend time in the classroom as well as the pool.

13 yrs for Medallion
14 yrs for Cross

Day and Time:

Winter, Spring and Fall Sessions Only
Saturdays from 1:00-4:00pm


Medallion - $225.45 (includes taxes, manual and exam fee)
Cross - $152.25 (includes taxes and exam fee)

Advanced Class Descriptions

Bronze Star

This Lifesaving Society program will help prepare you for Bronze Medallion by working on your swimming Skills and rescue abilities.  This course is not a prerequisite for Bronze Medallion but is a great way to see if you are interested in pursuing the steps to becoming a lifeguard.

Ages: 12 and up

Bronze Medallion / Emergency First Aid CPR B

Bronze Medallion is the first required step to becoming a lifeguard.   This course includes a timed swim fitness component and introduces decision making and judgment skills.  It also begins evaluating the participant’s responses to complex water rescue situations. The First Aid and CPR component covers a general knowledge of First Aid principals and emergency treatment of injuries.  Some skills that will be taught will include victim assessment, resuscitation skills, CPR, choking and what to do for internal bleeding, heart attack and stroke.   A completed Bronze Medallion award is a prerequisite for the Bronze Cross program.

13 years of age
MUST attend 100% of the program.

Bronze Cross

This program challenges participants with more advanced training and introduces safe supervision in aquatic facilities, the principles of teamwork, procedures and uses of special equipment.  The difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding is introduced and understood by the participants. Students begin to work as a supervisory team of guards and they gain experience in rescue simulations.  Spinal injury management techniques are also covered as Bronze Cross is recognized as an assistant lifeguard certificate in Ontario Regulations 565 which governs public swimming pools.

Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training including NLS and Instructor certifications.

Bronze Medallion
Emergency First Aid/CPR B
14 years of age
MUST be able to attend 100% of the program.

Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor

This is the prerequisite to becoming a Red Cross Swimming Instructor.  Many important teaching techniques are introduced in this course.  Students use their own creativity as they learn to design exciting and educational swimming lessons.  Strong emphasis is placed on safety supervision. 

13 years of age
extra teaching hours required outside of class
MUST attend 100% of the program.

Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR C

This course provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR (Level C).  It is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including legal implications of first aid and treatment, spinal injuries, heat and cold injuries, burns and medical emergencies.  This course is a prerequisite for NLS.

National Lifeguard Service (NLS)

This course is the final required qualification in the Lifesaving Society's lifeguard program. The course emphasizes teamwork, leadership and communication in the prevention of accidents and treatment of medical emergencies.  Once a student earns the NLS certification is in either the pool or on the waterfront and he or she is legally recognized and employable in a lifeguarding position. 

Bronze Cross
Standard First Aid, CPR
16 years of age
MUST attend 100% of the program.

Advanced Lessons a little too advanced?

Check out our General swimming lessons!