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First Aid and CPR Class

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Youth Development

 My Safe life: Personal safety for Kids

In this interactive and fun safety program, kids learn and practice skills for a lifetime of safety. Traditional and digital gaming techniques are used to cover topics like People Safety, Appropriate Social and Digital Behaviours, Safe Travels, Online Safety, Getting Help, Fire Safety, Accident Prevention and Basic First Aid. Children take home the My Safe Life manual and card of completion.

 Home Alone Safety

Is your child ready to stay home alone? The Home Alone Safety for Kids program helps children and their families get ready for their child’s first steps towards independence and being without adult supervision. Safety and accident prevention are the common theme throughout the program. The information is relevant and current what today’s children are facing when home alone.

 Babysitting Training Course

In this course, participants learn how to run a small babysitting business and how to supervise younger siblings or other children in a safe and responsible manner. Aspiring babysitters also learn basic first aid skills.

Aquatic Leadership

Lifesaving Certification

Bronze Star

Develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport.

Participation: 8 years and older

Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended) 

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

Challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.

Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current). 

Bronze Cross and Standard First aid

Begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid certification (need not be current). 

Lifeguard and Instructor Certification

Assistant Instructor

Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help certified instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Prerequisite: Must be 14 years of age by the end of the course and have their Bronze Cross Certification (need not be current).

Swim Instructor

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Current swim Instructors teach and certify candidates in all levels of Swim for Life program. Prerequisites: 15 years of age by the end of the course, Bronze Cross (need not be current) Requires the Instructor pack same pack for both swim and Lifesaving Instructors only buy once 

Lifesaving Instructor

The Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor course prepares individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Society’s lifesaving and First Aid awards. Because the society’s first aid courses are recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Society complies with the WSIB’s request that only first aid instructors’ teach WSIB approved courses. Successful candidates receive two certification cards: Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor. Prerequisites: 15 years of age by the end of the course, Bronze Cross (need not be current). Requires the Instructor pack same pack for both swim and Lifesaving Instructors only buy once 

National Lifeguard and Airway Management

The National Lifeguard certification builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values of the Lifesaving Society to develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards. National Lifeguard is the industry-accepted standard for lifeguards 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. Prerequisite: 15 years of age, Bronze Cross Certification, and Standard First Aid from: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol. (need not be current). 

Advanced Aquatic Leadership


The Examiner Course is the first step in the three-step process to be appointed as an examiner for the Society, and prepares candidates to successfully apprentice as an Examiner on the exam of their choice. The Examiner Course builds on the evaluation experience that candidates have attained in the instructor -evaluated content.

First Aid Instructor

The Lifesaving Society’s Standard First Aid Instructor course is designed to provide Lifesaving Instructors with the knowledge and resources required to organize, plan, and deliver Lifesaving Society First Aid awards up to and including Standard First Aid and CPR-A, -B, -C Required Materials: Instructor Manual, First Aid Award Guide, Canadian First Aid Manual, and First Aid Instructor Resource CD must be purchased directly from through the Lifesaving Society.

National Lifeguard Instructor

The National Lifeguard Instructor course provides candidates with an understanding of the principles and practices on which the National Lifeguard program is based and explores teaching approaches and techniques appropriate for National Lifeguard candidates Required Materials: National Lifeguard Instructor Notes and resource CD must be purchased directly from through the Lifesaving Society.

Aquatic Supervisor

For deck-level supervisory staff, the Aquatic Supervisor course provides the knowledge and skills, beyond National Lifeguard certification, to manage a safe aquatic environment. Prerequisite: National Lifeguard or Swim Instructor or Lifesaving Instructor certification; and 100 hours experience as a lifeguard and/or instructor. Prerequisites need not be current. Required Materials: Guide to pubic pool must be purchased directly from the Lifesaving Society.

LSS Pool Operator Level 1

The Level 1 course blends aquatic safety management – including regulatory requirements – with the essential knowledge of facility operation. This introductory course provides pool operators with the knowledge and resources to operate and maintain swimming pools in accordance with provincial health regulations. Registrants are responsible for require manuals them selves Course materials not provide must purchase them for Lifesaving society yourself


The Trainer course is the first step in the three-step process to be appointed as a Trainer for the Society. The course provides candidates with an understanding of the expectations and requirements to teach instructors, and prepares participants to successfully apprentice as a Trainer on the Instructor course(s) of their choice. Required Materials: Trainer Manual must be purchased directly from through the Lifesaving Society.

First Aid and Training

First Aid

 Emergency First Aid and CPR-B

Emergency First Aid provides a general knowledge of first aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries including: victim assessment, CPR, choking, and what to do for external bleeding, heart attack, stroke, wounds and burns.

 Standard First Aid and CPR-C

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid. Standard First Aid incorporates Emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, chest injuries, and medical emergencies.


 Principle of Healthy Child Development

HIGH FIVE® training provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children’s programs in the sport and recreation industry. Several municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and service providers either require or recommend HIGH FIVE certification for employment. The Principles of Healthy Child Development certification course is designed to assist leaders in best practices for delivering programs to children. This one-day course is a requirement for anyone interested in working for the City of Woodstock Summer Camps and/or seasonal recreation programs.

 PHCD-Quest 2

This one-day training helps supervisors improve risk management in children’s programs by learning how to assess and measure quality with the HIGH FIVE scientifically validated QUEST 2 Tool. Supervisors will use the QUEST 2 Tool and learn how to enter their data into the HIGH FIVE Database to track their organization’s progress as well as identify areas of need. They will also learn how to debrief the results of the assessments with staff in a positive way.

Contact Us

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Phone: 519-539-1291
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