Aquatic Leadership - Pathway to Becoming a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

Working as a lifeguard and a swim instructor is a very rewarding job experience.

Come Work For Us Today
As a lifeguard, you will learn about the fundamentals of accident prevention and safety supervision. Essentially, your job is to create a safe yet enjoyable aquatic environment for individuals of all ages and abilities to explore and play; and be prepared to respond to any type of emergencies that come your way. As a swim instructor, you will learn and apply various teaching methods and strategies to meet the unique needs of the learners in a pool setting. This job challenges you to use critical thinking skills and to make a difference in your community by solving real-life problems. When you work for the Town as an Aquatic staff, you are not just representing your community, but you are an ambassador of community drowning prevention efforts. You are more of a hometown hero than you think.
Benefits
  • Develop leadership and communication skills, and opportunity to working in a team setting.
  • Transferable skills to various career paths (for example - educator, nurses, firefighters, paramedics).
  • Hands-on experience in dealing with children and vulnerable populations.
  • On-site training and opportunities to take advanced aquatic leadership courses and certifications with employee discounts.
How Do I Become a Lifeguard / Swim Instructor? 

Check out the pathway chart to learn how you can become a lifeguard or swim instructor.


Course Format during COVID-19

The Town of Aurora may be providing Aquatic Leadership courses in either a traditional in-person format or a new blended-learning format.

Blended-Learning Format

In the new blended-learning format, participants will be able to gain lifesaving knowledge and participate in discussions in a virtual setting with an Instructor, and will participate during the in-person session to gain technical skills and to complete their summative evaluation.

In order to obtain the certification at the end of the course in either format, participants must meet all evaluation standards during the in-person session.

Training Modifications 

In addition to following the Region’s direction and guidelines on COVID-19 safe practices:

  • For in-water rescues, participants are encouraged to avoid face-to-face proximity during rescue activities.
  • Where possible, Instructors will minimize the interaction between participants in the course by organizing participants into fixed training groups throughout the course.

Upcoming Courses

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

Registration for all Aquatic Leadership Programs closes 7 days in advance of the course start date.

For more information, please email Terri Edwards

Courses - Summer 2022 

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

Registration Dates

  • Residents - February 21, 2022
  • Non-Residents - February 28, 2022

BRONZE

BRONZE STAR

Age: 10-13 years

The course will prepare young candidates to be ready for the Bronze Medallion. It will focus on lifesaving skills and fitness as well as decision-making and how to take charge in an emergency.

Prerequisites: None.  Swim Patrol recommended

Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

M-F

July 4 – 15

9:45am – 11:15am

$125.00/10

24902

T/TH

July 5 – 28

4:00pm – 5:30pm

$100.00/8

24903

M-F

Aug 15 – 26

10:15am – 11:45am

$125.00/10

24904

BRONZE MEDALLION & EMERGENCY FIRST AID

Age: 13+ years

This course works to embody the 4 components of water rescue: judgment, fitness, knowledge, and skill. Candidates will be prepared for risky and challenging rescues.  Fitness items include a 400-metre swim (16 lengths) within 12 minutes.

Prerequisite: 13 years or Bronze Star

Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

M-TH

July 4 – 14

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$225.50/8

24906

Location A.F.L.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

July 22

5:00pm – 10:00pm

$225.50/3

24907

Sat

July 23

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

July 24

9:00am – 6:00pm

Location S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Aug 5

5:00pm – 10:00pm

$225.50/3

24905

Sat

Aug 6

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

Aug 7

9:00am – 6:00pm

Location S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Tue to Thu

Aug 2 - 4

4:00pm – 7:30pm

$225.50/7

26377

Mon to Thu

Aug 8 - 11

4:00pm – 7:30pm

BRONZE CROSS

Age: 13+ years

This course continues the training learned in Bronze Medallion. It emphasizes the ability to work as a team in aquatic emergencies, while also developing an understanding of the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid with C.P.R. “B” (or higher) 

Location A.F.L.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

July 8

5:00pm – 10:00pm

$180.00/3

24908

Sat

July 9

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

July 10

9:00am – 6:00pm

Location A.F.L.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

July 15

5:00pm – 10:00pm

$180.00/3

24909

Sat

July 16

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

July 17

9:00am – 6:00pm

Location A.F.L.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Aug 12

5:00pm – 10:00pm

$180.00/3

24974

Sat

Aug 13

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

Aug 14

9:00am – 6:00pm


FIRST AID

LIFESAVING SOCIETY’S STANDARD FIRST AID WITH CPR-C

Age: 10+ years

Comprehensive training in first aid & CPR-C. Topics include medical and legal considerations, spinal injury management, environmental injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns and other medical emergencies. LSS Standard First Aid is recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Location: A.F.L.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

S/S

July 30/31

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

24911

S/S

Aug 27/28

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

24912

LIFESAVING SOCIETY’S STANDARD FIRST AID WITH CPR-C RECERTIFICATION

Age: 10+ years

Holders of Standard First Aid certificates from other agencies may not recertify their certificate on a Lifesaving Society recertification course. Standard First Aid award holders may recertify their SFA once. For subsequent renewal the full SFA course must be repeated.

Location: A.F.L.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sat

July 23

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

24913

Sun

Aug 21

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

24914


NATIONAL LIFEGUARD: POOL

NATIONAL LIFEGUARD: POOL

Age: 15+ years

This certification is designed to develop a candidate’s judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness which is required to be a lifeguard. These principles will be applied to assist in the decision process and assist in learning effective safety supervision.

Prerequisite: 15 years, Bronze Cross, and Standard First Aid with C.P.R. “C” recognized by W.S.I.B.

Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

July 22/29

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

24920

Sat

July 23/30

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

July 24/31

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Aug 12/26

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

24921

Sat

Aug 13/27

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

Aug 14/28

12:00pm – 9:00pm

NATIONAL LIFEGUARD: POOL RECERTIFICATION

Age: 15+ years

Certification is current for two years.

Prerequisite: National Lifeguard: Pool (does not have to be current).

Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sat

Aug 20

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

24922


SWIM AND LIFESAVING INSTRUCTORS

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS

Age: 14+ years

The Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help certified instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching, and they master basic progression. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized 

Prerequisite:  14 years, Bronze Cross.

Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

M-Thu

July 18 – 21

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$175.00/4

24916

SWIM, LIFESAVING AND EMERGENCY FIRST AID INSTRUCTORS

Age: 15+ years

This course encompasses 3 instructor certifications within the Lifesaving Society.  The Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills, while the Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructor courses prepare them to organize, plan, teach and evaluate the lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Society’s lifesaving and first aid awards. 

Prerequisite: 15+ years, Bronze Cross.

Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

July 8/15

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

24917

Sat

July 9/16

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

July 10/17

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: A.F.L.C. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Aug 5/19

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

24918

Sat

Aug 6/20

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

Aug 7/21

12:00pm – 9:00pm


Being an Aquatic Volunteer

Aquatics volunteers are needed at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex and the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex.

Why Volunteer?
  • It’s a rewarding experience.
  • It’s an opportunity to meet new friends and start networking.
  • You receive hours for community involvement or a 25% discount towards future aquatic leadership courses.
Upcoming Aquatic Volunteer Orientations 
  • This workshop is mandatory for anyone looking to volunteer at either the A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C in the pool. The workshop will prepare the volunteer with knowledge about the Town of Aurora, the Department’s program policies, roles, responsibilities and expectations. This includes an in-water session. Prerequisite: 14 years of age and Bronze Medallion.
Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer
Location: S.A.R.C. – Summer

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Wed

June 29

5:00pm – 7:30pm

Free

25012

Wed

July 27

5:00pm – 7:30pm

Free

24915

For more information, please email Shelley Makepeace


Aquatic Employment

The lifeguard and swim instructors job postings can be found on our Jobs webpage during the following application periods.

Aquatic Employment - Application Periods
Aquatic Employment - Application Periods
SeasonApplication PeriodTentative Start Date for Work

Spring 2022

January 15 to February 15, 2022

March 2022

Summer 2022

May 9 to June 3, 2022

July 2022

Fall 2022

August 2 to September 2, 2022

September 2022

Steps to Become an Aquatic Staff
  1. In order to be considered for a position under R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 565: Public Pools, Section 17 (6), under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, you are at least 16 years of age. You must hold a current Ministry approved lifeguard certificate (i.e. Lifesaving Society, Canadian Red Cross); and a Ministry approved Standard First Aid (or higher) certificate.
  2. Apply for the specific job posting by submitting your cover letter and resume.
  3. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted after the application period for an interview. Note: No technical or in-water skill testing is required.
  4. Successful applicants will be contacted with a conditional offer and will be required to attend mandatory trainings prior to the first day of work.

YRDSB & Town of Aurora Aquatic Leadership Program

The York Region District School Board’s Continuing Education Services will be offering Part 1 and Part 2 in the 2022-2023 school year. More information will be available on the Y.R.D.S.B. website at a later date.

YRDSB/TOA Aquatic Leadership Program

Earn high school credits with YRDSB’s Aquatic Leadership Program and the Town of Aurora.

The two-part program is conducted in a blended learning format, which includes pool instruction, in-class instruction and online learning. Upon completion, successful students may earn certifications to be used to work as a lifeguard or a swim instructor.

Reasons to take the YRDSB/TOA Aquatic Leadership Program 
Reasons to take the Aquatic Leadership Program:
  1. Get the training and experience needed to become a certified lifeguard or swim instructor in Ontario at significantly reduced costs.

  2. This course counts as a credit towards graduating high school. Learn real-life skills while advancing towards graduation.

  3. Build your leadership skills and become job ready with in-demand lifeguard certifications.

Course Information
Aquatics Leadership Program Courses
Course Name Credit Value Pre-requisite Certifications
Healthy Living and Aquatic Activities (PAQ2O1) 1.0
  • 13 years of age or older
  • Able to swim 400 metres continuously
  • Eligible to earn high school credits
  • Lifesaving Society's Bronze Medallion
  • Lifesaving Society's Bronze Cross
  • Lifesaving Society's Standard First Aid with CPR-C
Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership (PLF4M) 1.0
  • Must be 15 years of age by the last day of the course
  • Lifesaving Society's Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C
  • Lifesaving Society's National Lifeguard Pool
  • Lifesaving Society's Swim, Lifesaving & Emergency First Aid Instructor
Frequently Asked Questions

Am I allowed to take the course if I’m not a YRDSB student?
Yes, as this is a ministry approved credit and offered through Continuing Education, this course is available to YRDSB students, non-YRDSB students (i.e. YCDSB) and non-students.

Where and when does the course take place?
The course is being offered at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (1400 Wellington Street East) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

How can I register for the course?
Students can register for the course in one of two methods:
1. Register through YRDSB’s Continuing Education website.
2. Register through the Town of Aurora’s e-PLAY website.

What is the cost of the course?
Part 1 (PAQ2O1) $200; Part 2 (PLF4M) $300

What happens if I failed a certification component of the course?
Students may be unsuccessful in certain certification components of the course, but can still pass the course and earn the credit, provided the student meets all the criteria.

Can I get exempted from taking certain components of the course if I already have a few of the certifications listed?
No, all students must take the entire course to obtain the high school credit.


Contact

Terri Edwards
Aquatics Coordinator
365-500-3171
Email Terri Edwards