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 

For more information, please email Terri Edwards or call 365-500-3171.

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.).

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

For more information, please email Terri Edwards

Courses - Spring 2023

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.

Registration Dates

  • Residents - March 13, 2023
  • Non-Residents - March 20, 2023

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

Sat

Apr 8 – May 27

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$225.50/8

26245

Fri

Apr 14 – June 2

6:30pm – 9:30pm

$225.50/8

26244

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 8 – May 27

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

26246

Sun

Apr 9 – May 28

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

26247


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

S/S

Apr 22/23

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

26249

S/S

May 13/14

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

26250

S/S

June 10/11

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

26251

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

Sat

Mar 18

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

26252

Sat

Apr 15

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

26253

Sat

May 7

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

26254

Sat

June 3

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

26255


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 5/12

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

26256

Sat

May 6/13

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

May 7/14

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

Mar 25

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

26260

Sat

June 17

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

26261


SWIM & 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 14/21

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$375.00/6

26257

Sat

Apr 15/22

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

Apr 16/23

12:00pm – 9:00pm

NATIONAL LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR

Age: 15+ 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
Prerequisite: NL (any option), Lifesaving Instructor and Bronze examiner/experience guarding is strongly recommended.

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

Fri

June 16

5:00pm – 7:00pm (virtual)

$200.00/3

26259

Sat

June 17

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

June 18

9:00am – 6:00pm


INSTRUCTOR TRAINER CLINIC

INSTRUCTOR TRAINER CLINIC 

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.

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

Fri

May 26

5:00pm – 7:00pm

$200.00/3

26258

Sun

May 27

9:00am – 6:00pm

Courses - Summer 2023

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.

Registration Dates

  • Residents - March 13, 2023
  • Non-Residents - March 20, 2023

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. – Summer
DayDateTimeFee/ClassCode

Mon – Thu

July 3 – 13

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$225.50/8

26271

Mon – Fri

July 31 – Aug 4

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$225.50/8

26272

Tue – Thu

Aug 8 – 10

4:00pm – 7:00pm

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

Sat

Aug 12/19

9:00am – 3:30pm

$225.50/4

26273

Sun

Aug 13/20

9:00am – 3:30pm

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

Mon – Thu

July 17 – 20

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

26274

Mon – Thu

July 24 – 27

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Mon – Thu

Aug 14 – 17

4:00pm – 7:00pm

$180.00/8

26275

Mon – Thu

Aug 21 – 24

4:00pm – 7:00pm

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

Sat

July 22/29

9:00am – 3:30pm

$180.00/4

26276

Sun

July 23/30

9:00am – 3:30pm


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

Aug 19/20

9:00am – 6:00pm

$150.00/2

26277

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

Aug 12

9:00am – 6:00pm

$95.00/1

26278


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 21/28

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

26279

Sat

July 22/29

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

July 23/30

12:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Fri

Aug 18/25

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$350.00/6

26280

Sat

Aug 19/26

12:00pm – 9:00pm

Sun

Aug 20/27

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

Sun

Aug 20

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

26281

Sun

Aug 13

4:00pm – 9:00pm

$95.00/1

26284


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

Mon – Fri

July 17 – 21

4:00pm – 8:00pm

$175.00/5

26282

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 7/14

6:00pm – 10:00pm

$375.00/6

26283

Sat

July 8/15

9:00am – 6:00pm

Sun

July 9/16

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 - Spring & Summer 2023
  • 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 Dates - Spring & Summer

  • Residents - March 13, 2023
  • Non-Residents - March 20, 2023
Location: S.A.R.C.
Location: S.A.R.C. – Spring & Summer

Day

Date

Time

Fee/Class

Code

Wed

June 14

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free

28540

Wed

July 26

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free

28541

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

Fall 2022

August 2 to September 2, 2022

October 2022

Winter 2023

October 31 to November 25, 2022

January 2023

Spring & Summer 2023

January 16 to February 17, 2023

March 2023 - Spring

June 2023 - Summer

Fall 2023

August 1 to September 1, 2023

October 2023

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)

Code: 26423

Currently open for registration.

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