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Are you looking to complete the final steps towards becoming a certified lifeguard or swim instructor? Qualified aquatic personnel, especially lifeguards and swimming instructors, are frequently in high demand. Aquatic Leadership programs teach you teamwork, leadership, self-confidence, interpersonal and problem solving skills that will apply in all facets of your life.

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AL: Aquatic Fitness Instructor Certification

The Aquatic Fitness Instructor Certification course lead by a WaterART Master Trainer focusses on developing important skills instructors will need to teach a fun, safe and effective Aquafit class. These skills include: class management, basic water movements and variations, understanding the major muscle groups and their joint action, and how to design target training sets. These skills will be taught through a combination of classroom and in-water sessions and practical and written examinations will be in addition to the course.

Prerequisite: 16 years+

Recommended: Standard First Aid with CPR-C and participation in aquatic fitness classes.

AL: Aquatic Fitness Specialty Instructor Certification

The Aquatic Fitness Specialty Instructor Certification course lead by a WaterART Master Trainer focusses on a specific discipline of Aquatic Fitness that will allow successful candidates to be trained and certified to teach this discipline. These disciplines may include: Personal Training Specialist, Weight Management Consultant, Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist, Arthritis Instructor, Kids Instructor, Common Movement Disorders Instructor, Pre-Post Natal Instructor, Mind Body Instructor, Water Walking Instructor, Seniors I and Senior II, Sports Conditioning Instructor or Boot Camp Instructor.

Prerequisite: Current Aqua fitness Instructor Certification and Standard First Aid with CPR-C.

Resulting Certification: WaterART Fitness International. Certification is dependent on specialty that is selected.

For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/aquafitconference

AL: Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid (CPR C)

This course is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including the introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, teamwork and use of special equipment. Candidates must be able to swim 600 m in 18 minutes. Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR-C are pre-requisites for lifeguard training in the National Lifeguard Service (NLS) program and Lifesaving Society Instructors certifications. Pre-requisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid (CPR-B). If you withdraw from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: Bronze Cross Recertification

This rectification course offers Bronze Cross candidates who have and/or are about to expire from their two-year certification period, a chance to review and update their techniques to maintain current certification. Candidates are required to perform Bronze Cross standards in a practical examination component. Candidates must complete the 600m swim in 18 minutes or less, perform skills and rescues, and bring proof of original certification. Prerequisites: Bronze Cross If you withdraw from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid (CPR B)

Teaches lifesavers of all ages how to respond in complex water rescue situations. Bronze Medallion develops physical fitness, decision-making and judgement skills in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk. Lifesavers demonstrate stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for all advanced lifesaving awards. Candidates must be able to complete a 500m swim in 15 minutes or less. The Emergency First Aid component teaches general knowledge of first aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include: victim assessment, CPR, choking, respiratory and circulatory emergencies such as heart attack and stroke, and how to deal with external bleeding. The CPR-B component teaches the appropriate CPR and choking procedures for children and infants. Successful candidates receive both Emergency First Aid with CPR-B certifications. Emergency First Aid is recognized by the WSIB. Prerequisites: Bronze Star or minimum age 13 years. If you withdraw from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. Candidates that have Bronze Star and are under 13 years of age can register for this course by calling 416-396-7378 or attend an in-person registration site on priority registration days.

AL: Bronze Medallion Challenge Exam

This course is for candidates who have completed a Bronze Medallion course but were unsuccessful or missed the original exam. Candidates are required to perform all Bronze Medallion requirements to standard in a practical examination setting. Candidates must complete a 500m swim in 14 minutes or less, perform skills and rescues. Candidates must bring proof of their Bronze Star or proof of age. If you withdraw or transfer from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross/Std. First Aid (CPR C)

This is an intense program designed for individuals who have strong swimming skills. Please refer to descriptions for both Bronze Medallion/Emergency First Aid and Bronze Cross/SFA for further information.

AL: Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor

Through classroom learning and in-water practice, this course prepares candidates to help certified instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principals of learning and teaching, and they master basic progressions of teaching. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized. Prerequisites: Bronze Cross or NLS. If you withdraw from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: National Lifeguard - Pool

This course is designed to develop sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and a mature, responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard in a pool setting. The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, communications and the prevention of accidents and the treatment of medical emergencies. Participants are taught advanced lifeguarding skills. This award remains current for two years from the date of certification. Candidates must bring proof of prerequiste awards. Prerequisites: Minimum age of 15 years and proof of Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid with CPR-C. SFA/CPR-C MUST be from one of the following recognized agencies: Lifesaving Society, Canadian Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance and Canadian Ski Patrol. If you withdraw or transfer from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: National Lifeguard Instructor

This course is for experienced instructors. Designed to provide candidates with an understanding of the expectations and requirements to teach the National Lifeguard program. The classroom and pool sessions allow participants to demonstrate their knowledge, skills teaching, evaluation skills, etc. Candidates must bring proof of prerequisite awards to the first class. Pre-requisite: National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Instructor. Recommended: 2 years experience Instructing at Bronze level and Bronze Cross Examiner. If you withdraw or transfer from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: National Lifeguard Recertification: Pool

This program is designed to test the candidate's lifeguarding skills in order to maintain current certification at the National Lifeguard level in a pool setting. Candidates are required to bring their own whistle and proof of original certification. Prerequisites: National Lifeguard Pool certification.

If you withdraw or transfer from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided.

No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: Standard First Aid (CPR C)

The 16-hour Standard First Aid course provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. This course is for those who want an in-depth understanding of first aid such as: medical/legal aspects, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies. Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid is recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Ontario Health Regulation and is one of the prerequisites to NL. Prerequisites: None.

If you withdraw from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: Standard First Aid (CPR C) Recertification

The 8-hour Standard First Aid recertification course provides a review of first aid and CPR skills. Practical skills will be assessed through scenarios and knowledge will be assessed with a written evaluation. Candidates should review the course content and practice their skills prior to the recertification course. Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid is recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Ontario Health Regulation to be valid for three years. Candidates must bring proof of original certification. Prerequisites: Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR-C (full course) done within the last three years.

If you withdraw from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: Swim and Lifesaving Instructor

Upon successful completion of this program, candidates will be able to instruct the Toronto Learn to Swim program including Guardian, Preschool, Super, Ultra Swim and the lifesaving awards of the Lifesaving Society. Time is devoted in both classroom and water sessions to developing skills in the areas of class management, teaching, evaluation, leadership, communication and administration. This award remains current for two years from the date of certification. Candidates must bring proof of prerequisite awards to the first class. Prerequisites: Minimum age 15 years (by the last day of the course) and Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard. Recommended: Standard First Aid with CPR-C and Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor Course. If you withdraw or transfer from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!

AL: Wading Pool Attendant and Standard First Aid (CPR C)

The Wading Pool Attendant award is designed to provide lifesavers the knowledge and skill to supervise a Wading Pool. In Ontario, a wading pool is a pool of water less than 0.75 metres (2 feet, 6 inches) in depth. This course includes Standard First Aid with CPR-C (unless otherwise noted). If you withdraw from a program 10 days or less from the course start date, a 50% refund is provided. No refunds are given for classes or programs that you miss. 100% attendance and active participation are mandatory!