Leadership Courses

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Launch your aquatic career. 

Qualified lifeguards and swimming instructors are in demand. Learn teamwork and leadership skills, boost your self-confidence and communication skills for future careers. 

The Centre offers Lifesaving Society leadership courses that will certify you to become a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor. Re-certification courses are also offered every session for those needing to update their certifications. 

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Aquatic Leadership Programs and Opportunities

What courses can I take?

Peterborough Recreation Services offers the following courses, located at the Sport & Wellness Centre. Pre-requisites for course completion are listed below.

Bronze Medal Awards: Bronze Star, Medallion and Cross courses teach lifesaving and team work skills to prepare you for the National Lifeguard course. Pre-requisites for these courses are:

  • Bronze Star - age 10 or completion of Star Patrol
  • Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid - age 13 or completion of Bronze Star
  • Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid - completion of Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

Bronze Medallion and Cross courses require text books and examinations for course completion. The books and exams are purchased separately and have their own fees in addition to the course cost.

Junior Lifeguard Club: this program is perfect for those who have completed Bronze Medallion but are too young to take the National Lifeguard Course. This program provides real life guarding experience through shadowing lifeguards who work for Recreation Services! No pre-requisites required.

National Lifeguard Certification: Canada's only nationally recognized lifeguard certification program. National Lifeguard is a legal certificate for lifeguarding throughout the country and is recognized by the province of Ontario for lifeguarding public swimming pools. 

  • Prerequisites: successful completion of Bronze Medallion and Standard First Aid, age 16 by the examination date

The NLS course requires a text book and examination for course completion. The books and exams are purchased separately and have their own fees in addition to the course cost.

NLS Recert: offered each session, this one day recert will refresh your skills. Pre-requisites include the NLS course and Standard First Aid certificate.

Swim Instructor Courses: Peterborough Recreation teaches Swim for Life programming and offers Lifesaving Society's instructor courses.

  • Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor - no pre-requisites required
  • Lifesaving Society Swim and Lifesaving Instructor - age 16 by the end of the course and completion of Bronze Medallion (National Lifeguard Course is strongly recommended prior to taking this course)

Advanced Leadership Courses: Peterborough Recreation offers advanced leadership courses, for Lifeguards looking to enhance their certifications and skills.

  • Aquatic Supervisor Training - pre-requisites include National Lifeguard or Swim Instructor certifications and proof of 100+ hours of lifeguarding or instructing
  • Lifesaving Society Advanced Instructors and Examiner Standards Clinic - visiting Lifesaving Society's website for details on this course.
  • Red Cross WSI to Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor crossover course - this course certifies Red Cross Instructors with Lifesaving Society's Swim Instructor certification. 

Not all courses are offered each session. Please visit our registration website to see current course offerings.

Lifeguard & Swim Instructor: Required Qualifications 

Sport & Wellness Centre Staff: the minimum required qualifications to work as a lifeguard and swim instructor include:

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard - Pool
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C
  • Lifesaving Society Swim Instructors
  • Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructors

Beaches and Wading Pool Staff: the minimum required qualifications to work as a lifeguard at our seasonal beaches and wading pools include:

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard - Pool
  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard - Waterfront
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C
Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking to fulfill your high school volunteer hours? Participants enrolled into the Junior Lifeguard Club or Swim Instructor course are provided with opportunities to shadow certified lifeguards and instructors. All shadowing hours count as volunteer hours. Contact the Aquatic Coordinator for more information at 705-742-0050 x 2208.
Job Opportunities

Join our team! The Centre offers flexible hours, with early morning, day time, evening and weekend shifts available. Work with us in a friendly, team-oriented atmosphere. Applications for the position of Lifeguard and Swim Instructor are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

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