Aquatic Leadership

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aquatic leadership course

Lifeguard/Swim Instructor Age Update: We are pleased to inform you that the Government of Ontario has recently revised the age requirement to work as a lifeguard and swim instructor. The age has been lowered to 15, opening new possibilities for young individuals to contribute to the aquatic’s community. In line with this change, we will also be hiring assistant swim instructors and aquatic attendants as young as 14 years old.

Leadership Progression Chart
 How to become a Swim Instructor & Lifeguard
 Level 1: Bronze Star 
Must be 12 years or completed Star Patrol
 Level 2: Bronze Medallion 
Must be 13 years or have completed Bronze Star 
Level 3: Bronze Cross and Emergency First Aid & CPR B 
Must have completed Bronze Medallion 
 Level 4: Standard First Aid & CPR C
 Recommend age 14 years 
Level 5: Assistant Swim Instructor 
Must be 14 years and have completed Bronze Cross (or higher, need not be current)
Level 6: Lifesaving Swim and Lifesaving Instructor 
 Must be 15 years and have completed Bronze Cross
Level 7: National Lifeguard Program 
Must be 15 years and have completed Bronze Cross
Submit your application to Human Resources
The new recruitment process will require you to submit your application to Human Resources rather than bring it to the wet screening. The information regarding the recruitment can be found on on the Careers page during our application hiring periods.
Please submit a copy of your application form, resume and copies of your qualifications to during the application hiring period. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to attend an interview.
Selected candidates will be invited for an in-person interview. 
Click HERE to view program descriptions for each level. 
Click HERE to view the Refund Policy 

Aquatic Leadership Information

Don’t get turned away at the first class! Make sure you have the proper course prerequisites! Refer to each course description for course prerequisites.

Check and print your awards online:

  • Visit Lifesaving Society's Find a Member Page
  • Fill in your Lifesaving Society ID #. You can find your Lifesaving Society ID on the bottom right corner of your Lifesaving Society certification cards.
  • Print out the record and bring it on the first day of your course.
Course Attendance
Please note that 100% attendance and active participation is required in both the pool and classroom sessions in order to complete any aquatic leadership course (lateness is equivalent to absence).
Age Requirements
Proof of age (birth certificate) will be required for all courses with an age prerequisite. You will be required to submit this to the Instructor on the first day of the course.
Candidates must attend the exam at the facility where the course was administered.
Unsuccessful completion of a course
In many courses, candidates are continuously evaluated by both the Instructor and a Lifesaving Society certified examiner. Candidates who are unsuccessful in their course will be required to take the program again in full, however they will be eligible for a discount. In order to re-register for a re-attempt for any leadership course, please email the Aquatic Programmer.
Refund and transfer requests must be submitted in writing at least 5 days before the first class in order to be granted.
What to bring to a course
  • Notebook/paper and pens
  • Lunch/dinner/snacks/water bottle
  • Required prerequisites
  • Bathing suits and towels

NEW Aquatic Leadership Lending Library:

The BWG Leisure Centre and the Bradford Public Library have joined forces to introduce the Aquatic Leadership Lending Library, aimed at providing loaned aquatic leadership manuals. To avail of this opportunity, simply bring your manual with you on the first day of your class, and you will receive a discount on the course you are participating in. Click here to reserve your manuals today!

2024 Aquatic Leadership Courses

Registration will open November 15, 2023 for Residents and November 17, 2023 for Non-residents for all 2024 seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Click HERE to view the Aquatic Leadership Programs. 



Address: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 100 Dissette St., Unit 7&8, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2A7

Phone: 905-775-5366, Send an Email

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