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Aquatic Leadership & Certifications

Launch your aquatic career!

If you are interested in becoming an aquatic instructor or a lifeguard, the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre offers certification programs that can get you on your way. 

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
This course will prepare candidates to instruct the Red Cross Water Safety program. 

  • Pre-requisite: Participants must be 15 years of age and have completed Bronze Cross or equivalent.
  • Note: Full attendance is mandatory, and an additional 15 hours of assisted swimming instruction must be scheduled. There is also an online component of this course.

National Lifeguard Service Re-certification
This re-certification course is for lifeguards who need to re-certify their qualifications. Certifications must not have expired longer than two years. Course re-certification takes approximately 6 – 7 hours depending on student competencies. Registrants should be prepared to stay for the required course length of time, however should the examiner feel the re-certification is finished, an early dismissal may occur.

Red Cross Instructor Re-certification
This course is designed for Red Cross Swimming. Instructors who require the qualification to be re-certified. Certification must not have expired longer than two years.

See the Program Guide for current courses and training.

Become an Instructor

Red Cross
- Learn to Swim classes + Lifesaving and Leadership classesLifesaving Society and Red Cross Water Safety logos

Lifesaving Society 
- Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid 
- Prerequisite:  Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid

Red Cross 
- Water Safety Instructor School (WSI)
- Prerequisite: Current Bronze Cross or NLS
- Minimum age 15

Lifesaving Society
- Lifesaving Society Instructors
- Prerequisite: NLS or Bronze Cross. 
- Minimum age 16

Standard First Aid
- With level “C” CPR and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Training

Become a Lifeguard

Red Cross
- Learn to Swim classes + Lifesaving & Leadership classes

Aquatic Leader

Lifesaving Society
- Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid 
- Minimum age is 13 or completion of Bronze Star

Lifesaving Society
- Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid
- Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid

Lifesaving Society 
- National Lifeguard Service (NLS) 
- Prerequisite:  Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid
- Minimum age 16

Standard First Aid
- With level “C” CPR and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Training

Work with us!

Employment opportunities in the aquatic field are available in a variety of areas including:

  • Aqua Fitness Instructors
  • Swimming Instructors
  • Lifeguards 

To find out about current and ongoing aquatic opportunities at the Wellness Centre, please visit the City of Peterborough website Careers page.