2024 Aquatic Leadership Courses
• Registration is now open for all 2024 seasons - Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Please see below for full details.
Note - Registration for 2025 courses will start on August 19. Information will be provided soon.

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.
Second Chance Program

The Second Chance Program assists candidates who were unsuccessful in passing one of the key leadership courses designed to help them become a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor. 

Candidates will get a "second chance" to register for the course they were unsuccessful on with a 50% cost reduction. Conditions apply. 

Applicable courses include:

  • Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid
  • Bronze Cross
  • National Lifeguard
  • Swim, Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructor 

Note: Applicable courses must have been taken with the Town of Aurora Aquatics division.
For more information, please email our Aquatics staff.

How Do I Become a Lifeguard / Swim Instructor? 

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


2025 Aquatic Leadership Courses

Registration Starts: Monday, August 19, 2024

Information regarding all courses will be provided soon.


2024 Aquatic Leadership 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.).

Registration Starts: Monday, September 18, 2023

  • 2024 Seasons - Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall
  • Residents & Non-Residents (same registration start date)

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

For more information, please email our Aquatics Team.

Courses - Spring 2024

Registration Starts: Monday, September 18, 2023
All 2024 seasons - Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. Same date for residents and non-residents.
Register Online
Simply click on the code # for the program you are interested in registering for. You will automatically be directed to our e-PLAY online registration system where you can register online for that particular program of your choice.
Register In-Person
Please visit the A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C. to register and pay in-person.


BRONZE

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. – SPRING
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Apr 5

6:30pm – 9:30pm

$225.50/8

29567

Sat

Apr 6

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$225.50/8

29573

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: S.A.R.C. – SPRING
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sat

Apr 6

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

29574

Sun

Apr 7

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

29575


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. – SPRING
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sat/Sun

Apr 27 & 28

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

29576

Sat/Sun

May 25 & 26

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

29577

Sat/Sun

June 22 & 23

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

29578

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. – SPRING
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sun

May 19

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

29579


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. – SPRING
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

May 3 & 10

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

29580

Sat

May 4 & 11

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

May 5 & 12

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. – SPRING
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sat

May 18

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

29584


SWIM AND LIFESAVING INSTRUCTORS

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. – SPRING
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Apr 12 & 19

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$375.00/6

29581

Sat

Apr 13 & 20

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

Apr 14 & 21

12:00pm – 9:00pm


ADVANCED AQUATIC LEADERSHIP

LIFESAVING SOCIETY’S NATIONAL LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR

Age: 16+ years

This course provides candidate with an understanding of the principles and practices on which the National Lifeguard program is based and explores teaching approaches and techniques appropriate for NL Candidates

Pre-requisite: National Lifeguard (any option), Lifesaving Instructor and Bronze Examiner/ Experience guarding is strongly recommended.       

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

Fri

June 14

5:00pm – 7:00pm

$200.00/3

29583

Sat

June 15

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

June 16

9:00am – 6:00pm

LIFESAVING SOCIETY’S TRAINER

Age: 16+ years

This course is the first of three steps to become appointed as a Trainer for the Lifesaving Society.  It provides candidates with an understanding of the expectations and requirements to teach instructors and prepares participants to apprentice successfully as a trainer on the Instructor Course(s) of their choice.  It shapes positive attitudes and values about the Society's training program, planning, learning/teach and evaluation content, and allows participants to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, teaching and evaluations techniques.

Prerequisite: Experienced Swim Instructor, or Bronze Examiner, or NL Examiner, or First Aid Examiner. 

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

Fri

May 24

5:00pm – 7:00pm

$200.00/3

29582

Sat

May 25

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

May 26

9:00am – 6:00pm

Courses - Summer 2024

Registration Starts: Monday, September 18, 2023
All 2024 seasons - Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. Same date for residents and non-residents.
Register Online
Simply click on the code # for the program you are interested in registering for. You will automatically be directed to our e-PLAY online registration system where you can register online for that particular program of your choice.
Register In-Person
Please visit the A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C. to register and pay in-person.


BRONZE 

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: A.F.L.C. – SUMMER
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Tue – Thu

July 2 – 4

5:00pm – 8:00pm

$225.50/8

29586

Mon – Fri

July 8 – 12

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Mon – Thu

July 29 – Aug 1

5:00pm – 8:00pm

$225.50/8

29587

Tue – Fri

Aug 6 – 9

5:00pm – 8:00pm

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: S.A.R.C. – SUMMER
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Mon – Thu

July 15 – 18

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

29588

Mon – Thu

July 22 – 25

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Mon – Thu

Aug 12 – 15

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

29589

Mon – Thu

Aug 19 – 22

4:00pm – 7:00pm


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

Sat/Sun

July 6 & 7

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

29590

Sat/Sun

Aug 10 & 11

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

29591

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 13

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

29592

Sat

Aug 10

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

29593


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 19 & 26

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

29594

Sat

July 20 & 27

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

July 21 & 28

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Fri

Aug 16 & 23

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

29595

Sat

Aug 17 & 24

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

Aug 18 & 25

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

July 14

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

29596

Sun

Aug 11

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

29599


SWIM AND LIFESAVING INSTRUCTORS

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: A.F.L.C. – SUMMER
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

July 5 & 12

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$375.00/6

29597

Sat

July 6 & 13

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

July 7 & 14

9:00am – 6:00pm

Fri

Aug 2 & 9

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$375.00/6

29598

Sat

Aug 3 & 10

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

Aug 4 & 11

9:00am – 6:00pm

Courses - Fall 2024

Registration Starts: Monday, September 18, 2023
All 2024 seasons - Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. Same date for residents and non-residents.
Register Online
Simply click on the code # for the program you are interested in registering for. You will automatically be directed to our e-PLAY online registration system where you can register online for that particular program of your choice.
Register In-Person
Please visit the A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C. to register and pay in-person.


BRONZE

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. – FALL
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Oct 4

6:30pm – 9:30pm

$225.50/8

29601

Sat

Oct 5

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$225.50/8

29602

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: S.A.R.C. – FALL
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sat

Oct 5

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

29603

Sun

Oct 6

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

29604


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. – FALL
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sat/Sun

Nov 9 & 10

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

29611

Sat/Sun

Dec 14 & 15

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

29612

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. – FALL
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sun

Dec 1

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

29613


ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR 

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 progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized. This certification is required to apply for the Town of Aurora’s Aquatic Assistant job position. 

Prerequisite: 14+ years, Bronze Cross.

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

Fri 

Jan 3 

6:00pm – 10:00pm 

$175.00/3 

30414 

Sat 

Jan 4 

9:00am – 5:00pm 

Sun 

Jan 5 

9:00am – 5:00pm 


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. – FALL
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Nov 15 & 22

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

29618

Sat

Nov 16 & 23

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

Nov 17 & 24

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. – FALL
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Sat

Nov 30

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

29619


SWIM AND LIFESAVING INSTRUCTORS

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. – FALL
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Fri

Oct 25 & Nov 1

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$375.00/6

29616

Sat

Oct 26 & Nov 2

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

Oct 27 & Nov 3

12:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Fri

Dec 27

9:00am – 7:00pm

$375.00/5

29617

Sat

Dec 28

9:00am – 7:00pm

Sun

Dec 29

9:00am – 7:00pm

Mon

Dec 30

9:00am – 7:00pm

Tue

Dec 31

9:00am – 1:00pm


ADVANCED AQUATIC LEADERSHIP

LIFESAVING SOCIETY’S AQUATIC SUPERVISOR

Age: 16+ years

This Lifesaving Society course is for deck-level supervisory staff and provides the knowledge and skills to manage a safe aquatic environment.

Prerequisite: National Lifeguard or Swim Instructor or Lifesaving Instructor certification, and a letter of proof of a minimum of 100 hours experience as a lifeguard and/or instructor. 

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

Sat

Sept 7

9:00am – 4:30pm

$170.00/2

29620

Sun

Sept 8

9:00am – 4:30pm

LIFESAVING SOCIETY’S EXAMINER

Age: 16+ years

This course is for experienced Instructors who will undergo specific training in examination methodology and standards prior to certification.  Candidates must have teaching experience and taught or co-taught at least one course in the stream in which they are seeking certification as an examiner.

Prerequisite: Experienced Instructor. 

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

Sat

Sept 28

12:00pm – 6:00pm

$80.00/1

29621

LIFESAVING SOCIETY’S COACH LEVEL 1 - POOL

Age: 16+ years

Lifesaving Sport Coach Level 1 provides training for Lifesaving Instructors who wish to coach Lifesaving Sport at the community level.  This course focuses on the fundamentals of coaching and Lifesaving Sport skills in the pool or in open water.

Prerequisite: Lifesaving Society’s Lifesaving Instructor

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

Sun

Sept 29

9:00am – 6:00pm

$100.00/1

29622

LIFESAVING SOCIETY’S STANDARD FIRST AND INSTRUCTOR

Age: 16+ years

The Lifesaving Society's First Aid Instructor course is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and resources required to organize, plan, and deliver Lifesaving Society First Aid awards up to and including Standard First Aid and C.P.R. ‘C’ Level.

Pre-requisites:  Minimum 16 years of age, Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid or a Standard First Aid from a training agency approved by the Ontario government.

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

Fri

Dec 13

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$195.00/3

29623

Sat

Dec 14

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

Dec 15

9:00am – 6:00pm


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.
Aquatic Volunteer Orientations - 2024 Workshops
  • 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.

Registration Starts: Monday, September 18, 2023

2024 Workshops

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Location

Code

Sun

Mar 10

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Free/A.F.L.C.

29566

Wed

June 19

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free/S.A.R.C.

29585

Wed

July 24

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free/S.A.R.C.

29600

Wed

Sept 18

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free/S.A.R.C.

29614

For more information, please email our Aquatics Team.


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

Winter 2024

November 6 to December 1, 2023

January 2024

Spring & Summer 2024

February 1 to February 14, 2024

March 2024

Steps to Become an Aquatic Staff
  1. You must hold a current Lifesaving Society's National Lifeguard Pool certicicate; 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 2023-2024 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)

 

Not offered in 2023 to 2024, second semester.

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)

 

Aurora Program Registration Code

31874

Register by: Jan 29

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
How To Register

Note: This is a 2-step registration process. You must first register through the YRDSB website and then also register through the Town of Aurora website.

How can I register for the course?
Students must register for the course using both links provided below.

  1. Register through YRDSB’s Continuing Education website.
  2. Once successfully registered into the YRDSB Continuing Educating program, then register through the Town of Aurora’s e-PLAY website.
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.

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.


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