Aquatic Leadership Courses

To register for courses, please contact the Box Office at 902-542-5500, box.office@acadiau.ca, or visit the Box Office in person during open hours.

As an Affiliate Member of the Lifesaving Society, the Acadia Pool is happy to provide a wide variety of aquatic leadership training! Courses we offer include: Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Swimming Instructor, Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor, Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard & Standard First Aid, Lifesaving Society Bronze Star, Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion, and Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross. 

Some programs may be cancelled due to insufficient registrants. The Acadia Box Office monitors registration levels prior to the start of programs to ensure quality programs are offered. A great course could be cancelled if there are not enough registrants. Register early to avoid program cancellation!

Aquatic Leadership Courses Fall 2019

Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion

  • $180
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday September 30, October 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Monday - Thursday 5:30pm-9pm, Saturday 2pm – 6pm
  • 100% attendance is required.
  • Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current).

You need the Bronze Medallion certification to enroll in Bronze Cross. The Bronze Medallion award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk, involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Participants also develop stroke efficiency and endurance in timed swims.

Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross

  • $150 (additional $30 if you don’t have the Canadian Lifesaving Manual from Bronze Medallion)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday November 25, 26, 27, 28 & 30
  • Monday - Thursday 5:30pm-9pm, Saturday 2pm – 6pm
  • 100% attendance is required.
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Bronze Medallion.

The Bronze Cross award is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs, including National Lifeguard Service® (NLS) and Instructor certification.

Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard & Standard First Aid

  • $300
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday November 29, 30, Dec 1
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday December 6, 7, 8
  • Fridays 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays/Sundays 9am – 8pm.
  • 100% attendance is required
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Bronze Cross, must be 16 years of age

The National Lifeguard Service (NLS) course consists of a core course dealing with lifeguarding principles and techniques, together with environment-specific items leading to certification in one of the NLS options – Pool, Waterfront, Surf, or Waterpark. National Lifeguard training builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the lifesaving awards of the Society to develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards. Recognized as the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada, National Lifeguard education is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. The National Lifeguard’s primary role is the prevention of emergency situations and where this fails, the timely and effective resolution of emergencies. The National Lifeguard program is designed to prepare lifeguards to fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatics. National Lifeguard training is designed to develop the basic lifeguarding skills, principles and decision-making processes which will assist the lifeguard to evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies.

Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor

  • $200 (includes textbook and materials)
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday November 15, 16, 17
  • Fri 4pm – 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am-5:30pm
  • 100% attendance is required.
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Bronze Cross, must be 15 years of age

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.

Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor

  • $150 (includes textbook and materials)
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday November 22, 23, 24
  • Friday 4pm – 9:30pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 9am-1pm
  • 100% attendance required
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Bronze Cross, must be 15 years of age

Lifesaving Instructors are trained to teach and evaluate the three Canadian Swim Patrol Program awards (Rookie, Ranger, & Star), as well as the Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Fitness, and Distinction awards. Candidates are trained in and must demonstrate skills, knowledge and attitudes at Competency Level 1 to include all aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach water rescue, first aid and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation. This introductory level is the base for all other instructor certifications.

Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor & Lifesaving Instructor Dual Course

  • $300 (includes textbook and materials)
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday November 15, 16, 17
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday November 22, 23, 24
  • Friday 4pm – 9:30pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 9am-5:30pm
  • 100% attendance required
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Bronze Cross, must be 15 years of age

Lifesaving Examiner Course

  • $75 (includes materials)
  • Sunday November 24 (1:30pm – 7:00pm)
  • 100% attendance required
  • Prerequisites: Must be a certified Lifesaving Instructor

The Lifesaving Society authorizes Examiners to evaluate and certify candidates in the Society's training programs. Bronze Examiners certify Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross candidates.

Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor, & Lifesaving Examiner Course Bundle

  • $350 (includes materials)
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday November 15, 16, 17
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday November 22, 23, 24
  • Friday 4pm – 9:30pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 9am-7pm
  • 100% attendance required
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of Bronze Cross, must be 15 years of age