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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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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.

Aquatic Fitness Instructor Certification & Conference

The City of Toronto in collaboration with WaterART Fitness International offers a unique opportunity for participants to become certified through a combined Aquatic Fitness Instructor Certification Course and Conference.

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 Aquatic Fitness 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 incorporated into the course.

The Aquatic Fitness Conference provides candidates with the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops in shallow and deep water, as well as leadership workshops to learn new techniques and emerging trends in the aquatic fitness industry.

Prerequisite: 16 years+

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

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

Aquatic Fitness Instructor Recertification & Conference

The City of Toronto in collaboration with WaterART Fitness International offers a unique opportunity for candidates to recertify current WaterART certifications by attending a variety of workshops in shallow and deep water, as well as leadership workshops to learn new techniques and emerging trends in the aquatic fitness industry.

Prerequisite (current): Aquatic Fitness Instructor Certification and Standard First Aid with CPR-C

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

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

Aquatic Supervisor

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This course prepares candidates for the responsibilities associated with being aquatic supervisors, head lifeguards or pool managers. This course ensures candidates are familiar with the skills needed to fulfill the requirements of these positions such as aquatic emergencies, facility management, communication, supervisory skills and risk management. Candidates will also learn provincial regulations, legal responsibilities and the authority of a supervisor.

Prerequisites (current): Lifesaving Instructor or National Lifeguard. Candidates must bring a letter from their employer confirming that they have completed a minimum of 100 hours of lifeguarding or instructing.

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid (CPR C)

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society and is generally offered in an intensive weekend format. The Bronze Cross component teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures and teamwork. Candidates must be able to swim 400 metres in 11 minutes or less by the course exam date. The Standard First Aid (CPR C) component teaches in-depth first aid including spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, medical emergencies, and how to use an AED.

Please bring the Canadian Lifesaving manual received in Bronze Medallion.

Prerequisites (current or expired): Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR-B

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Bronze Cross Challenge Exam

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This course is for candidates who have completed a Bronze Cross course but were unsuccessful or missed the original exam. Candidates will be required to perform skills taught in Bronze Cross.

Prerequisites (current or expired): Bronze Medallion and completion of the Bronze Cross course.

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Bronze Cross Recert

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This recertification course offers candidates who are about to expire from the two-year Bronze Cross certification period, a chance to review and update their techniques to maintain current certification. Candidates will be required to perform the skills taught in Bronze Cross and are required to bring proof of original certification.

Prerequisite (current or expired): Bronze Cross

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid (CPR B)

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society and is generally offered in an intensive weekend format. The Bronze Medallion component teaches how to manage complex water rescues through the development of physical fitness and judgment skills. Candidates must be able to swim 400 metres in 12 minutes or less by the course exam date. The Emergency First Aid (CPR-B) component teaches victim assessment, CPR and choking, and first aid treatment of external bleeding, heart attack, stroke and wound and burns.

Prerequisite: Minimum age 13 years old or Bronze Star. Candidates with Bronze Star, that are under 13 years of age, can register for this course by calling 416-396-7378 or visiting an in-person registration site.

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Bronze Medallion Challenge Exam

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This course is for candidates who have completed a Bronze Medallion course but were unsuccessful or missed the original exam. Candidates will be required to perform skills taught in Bronze Medallion.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Bronze Medallion course.

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid (CPR C)

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This is an intense program designed for strong swimmers or swimmer who are ready for National Lifeguard certification.

The Bronze Medallion component teaches how to manage complex water rescues through the development of physical fitness and judgment skills. The Bronze Cross component teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures and teamwork. The Standard First Aid (CPR C) component teaches in-depth first aid including spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, medical emergencies, and how to use and AED. Candidates must be able to swim 400 metres in 11 minutes or less by the course exam date.

Prerequisite: Minimum age 13 years old or Bronze Star. Candidates with Bronze Star, that are under 13 years of age, can register for this course by calling 416-396-7378 or visiting an in-person registration site.

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Emergency First Aid (CPR B)

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This course is for candidates who want a general knowledge of first aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. This course teaches victim assessment, CPR, choking and what to do for external bleeding, heart attack, stroke wounds and burns.

Prerequisites: None

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Examiner Course

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This is the initial step in obtaining Lifesaving Society Examiner Status. Lifesaving Society instructors who wish to apply for an Examiner appointment must attend. Candidates in this course will undergo specific training in examination standards to be able to certify Bronze candidates.

Prerequisite: Instructor certification for the stream they are seeking Examiner certification and experienced instructor having taught or co-taught a minimum of one course in that stream.

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. Candidates are introduced to the key principles of learning, the basic progressions of teaching and the role and responsibilities of instructors and assistants. Successful completion of this course will prepare candidates to be able to assist certified instructors with swimming lessons.

Prerequisites (current or expired): Minimum 14 years old and Bronze Crossl

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

National Lifeguard - Pool

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. National Lifeguard - Pool will provide candidates with the knowledge needed to perform a rescue and the mindset to prevent incidences. Candidates will learn sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and mature attitude toward the role of the lifeguard in a pool setting, importance of teamwork, leadership and communications, and prevention of accidents and treatment of medical emergencies.

Prerequisite (current or expired): Minimum age 15 years old, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CRP-C from an approved provider.

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

National Lifeguard - Pool Recert

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This recertification course offers a chance to maintain current certification at the National Lifeguard level in a pool setting. Your lifeguarding skills will be tested based on physical standard, judgement and skill. Candidates are required to bring their own whistle and proof of original certification.

Prerequisite (current or expired): National Lifeguard - Pool

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

National Lifeguard - Waterfront Core

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. National Lifeguard - Waterfront Core will provide candidates with the knowledge needed to perform a rescue and the mindset to prevent incidences at a waterfront. This course is for lifeguards certified with a National Lifeguard - Pool.

Prerequisite (current or expired): National Lifeguard - Pool

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

National Lifeguard - Waterfront Recert

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This recertification course offers a chance to maintain current certification at the National Lifeguard level in a waterfront setting. Your lifeguarding skills will be tested based on physical standard, judgement and skill. Candidates are required to bring their own whistle and proof of original certification.

Prerequisite (current or expired): National Lifeguard - Waterfront

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

National Lifeguard Instructor & First Aid Instructor

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. National Lifeguard Instructor and First Aid Instructor is for experienced instructors. This course is designed to provide candidates with an understanding of the expectations and requirements to teach both the National Lifeguard and First Aid programs. The classroom and pool sessions allow participants to demonstrate their knowledge, skills teaching, evaluation skills, etc.

Prerequisite (current or expired): National Lifeguard, Lifesaving Instructor and Standard First Aid with CPR-C from an approved agency.

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Pool Operator - Level 1

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This course blends safety management with the essential knowledge of facility operation. This course provides pool operators with the knowledge and resources to operate and maintain safe swimming pools in accordance with provincial health regulations.

Prerequisites: None

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Pool Operator - Level 2

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This course focuses on regulatory standards for pool operation and chemical application principles in order to maintain balanced swimming pool water. Candidates learn to problem solve and how to safely adjust swimming pool chemical levels in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment for bathers and staff.

Prerequisites: Pool Operator - Level 1

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Standard First Aid (CPR C)

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This course teaches in-depth first aid including spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, medical emergencies, and how to use an AED.

Prerequisite: None

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Standard First Aid (CPR C) Recert

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This 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.

Prerequisite (current): Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR-C (full course completed within the last three years)

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Swim and Lifesaving Instructor

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. Candidates will learn to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills. Candidates will work to develop skills in the area of class management, teaching, evaluation, leadership, communication and administration. With the successful completion of this course candidates will be qualified to instruct the Toronto Learn to Swim program or the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program.

Prerequisite (current or expired): Minimum age 15 years old and Bronze Cross

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Swim Instructor Update Clinic

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. This course is designed for those certified in Lifesaving Instructor and/or Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, this 4 hour workshop certifies participants in the Toronto Learn to Swim Program.

Prerequisite (current or expired): Lifesaving Instructor and/or Red Cross Water Safety

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills

Wading Pool Attendant & Standard First Aid (CPR C)

This course is offered with the Lifesaving Society. The Wading Pool Attendant component teaches lifesavers how to safely monitor the shallow waters of a wading pool. In Ontario, a wading pool is less than 0.75 metres (2 feet, 6 inches) in depth. The Standard First Aid (CPR C) component teaches in-depth first aid including spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, medical emergencies, and how to use an AED. Bathing attire is required.

Prerequisite: Minimum age 14 years old

For information about attendance, withdrawals and refunds for courses offered with the Lifesaving Society, visit www.toronto.ca/recskills