Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor Courses

Lifeguard at an indoor pool

The Municipality of Port Hope is an affiliate of the Canadian Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society. To become a lifeguard and swim instructor, a candidate will need courses provided by both organizations.

September 5th, 2022: The 25m pool will be closed until further notice due to a mechanical issue. Our team is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Please check back for updates.

Lifesaving Society courses

The Lifesaving Society provides training programs to prevent drowning and water-related injury. Candidates will learn how to rescue victims and themselves in a safe environment.

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

The Bronze Medallion award teaches an understanding of water rescue education. The candidates will learn carries, victim types, and low-risk rescues.

The Emergency First Aid award teaches and understanding of emergency treatment of injuries. The candidates will learn about victim assessment, CPR, choking and more.

Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13 years of age by the exam date.

Dates for Bronze Medallion include:

  • September 25 to November 13, 2022, Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • February 26 to April 23, 2023, Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday July 3 to Thursday July 6, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday July 31 to August 3, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid Registration

Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid

The Bronze Cross award builds on the knowledge from Bronze Medallion. The candidates will experience more challenging rescues and skills.

The Standard First Aid award builds on the knowledge from Emergency First Aid. The candidates will learn about bone and joint injuries, spinal injuries and more.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion

Dates for Bronze Cross include:

  • November 20, 2022 to February 5, 2023, Sundays, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • April 30 to June 18, 2023, Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday July 10 to Thursday July 14, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday August 7 to Thursday August 11, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid Registration

National Lifeguard - Pool

The National Lifeguard - Pool award builds on the knowledge from Bronze Cross. The candidates will learn how to supervise a pool and rescue those in distress. Only those who hold a National Lifeguard - Pool award may lifeguard in a pool setting.

Prerequisite: 15 years of age, Standard Frist Aid (current), Bronze Cross (need not be current)

This course runs over 2 weekends.

Dates:

  • October 14 to 23, 2022
  • May 5 to 14, 2023
  • July 21 to 30, 2023

Times for National Lifeguard are as follows:

  • Fridays 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

National Lifeguard - Pool Registration

National Lifeguard - Pool Recertification

The National Lifeguard - Pool award requires recertification every two years to remain current. This recertification course will review important components of the National Lifeguard - Pool award. Only candidates with a current award may lifeguard in a pool setting.

Prerequisite: National Lifeguard - Pool

Dates:

  • Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14, 2023
  • Sunday, July 30, 2023
National Lifeguard Recertification Registration

Lifesaving Instructor

The Lifesaving Instructor award prepares instructors to teach the Lifesaving Society's:

  • Canadian Swim Patrol Program
  • Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross
  • Lifesaving Fitness, Distinction
  • Basic and Emergency First Aid, and CPR-A, CPR-B and CPR-C

Only candidates with a current award may teach and certify candidates.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross and 15 years of age by the end of the course

Dates for Lifesaving Instructor include:

  • Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27, 2022
  • Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11, 2023

Lifesaving Instructor Registration

Lifesaving Swim Instructor

This course enables successful participants to become a Swim Instructor and teach the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life and Swim Patrol programs. Prepares candidates to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills.

Prerequisite: 15 years old and Bronze cross
Dates for Lifesaving Swim Instructor include:
  • December 2 to 4, 2022
  • May 26 to 28, 2023
  • August 11 to 13, 2023