Leadership & Certifications

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Launch your aquatic career!

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

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

  • Aquafitness Instructors
  • Swimming Instructors
  • Lifeguards 

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

 


 

 

Aquatic Leader

How to become a Lifeguard:

Step One: Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid

This course will prepare candidates to respond to a variety of aquatic emergencies and help develop lifesaving knowledge, fitness, skill, and judgment. To take this course, candidates must be 13 years of age or completed Bronze Star. 

 

Step Two: Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid

This course is a continuation of Bronze Medallion and builds on the skills previously learned. Candidates are required to show proof of Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid on the first day of class. 

 

Step Three: Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service (NLS)

Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age and Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid certifications issued by Lifesaving Society, Canadian Red Cross, St John’s, Canadian Ski Patrol, or Heart & Stroke only. 100% attendance and participation is mandatory. 

 

Step Four: Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Level C / CPR with AED Certification

This two day course provides first aid and CPR skills for those needing training due to work requirements, or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. 

 

 


 

Swimming Lessons 5How to become an Instructor:

 

Step One: Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid

This course will prepare candidates to respond to a variety of aquatic emergencies and help develop lifesaving knowledge, fitness, skill, and judgment. To take this course, candidates must be 13 years of age or completed Bronze Star. 

 

Step Two: Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid

This course is a continuation of Bronze Medallion and builds on the skills previously learned. Candidates are required to show proof of Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid on the first day of class. 

 

Step Three: Red Cross Water Safety Instructor & Lifesaving Society Instructor

This course will prepare candidates to instruct the Red Cross Water Safety and Lifesaving Society swim programs. 100% attendance is mandatory for this course and candidates are required to complete 25 hours of assisted swimming instruction and complete an online component. 

 

Step Four: Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Level C / CPR with AED Certification

This two day course provides first aid and CPR skills for those needing training due to work requirements, or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. 

 

 


 

Re-certifications 


Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Re-certification

This course is designed for Red Cross swimming instructors who require the qualification to be recertified. Certification must not have expired longer than two years.

 

Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service Re-certification

This course is for lifeguards who need to recertify their qualifications. Certifications must not have expired longer than two years. Course length is 6 – 7 hours depending on student competencies.