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.

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:

  • July 4 to 7, 2022: Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • August 8 to 11, 2022: Monday to Thursday 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:

  • July 11 to 15, 2022: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • August 15 to 19, 2022: Monday to Friday 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)

Dates: July 22 to 24 and August 5 to 7, 2022

Times for National Lifeguard include:

  • 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.

This course runs over 2 weekends.

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: August 7, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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: To be announced.

Lifesaving Instructor Registration