Centennial Pool offers every Lifesaving Society or Red Cross course you will need in order to become a lifeguard, to teach swimming lessons, or to simply re-certify any credentials you may have already acquired, but have since expired.
Before registering, please check that you meet the appropriate prerequisites for the course. If you do not, you cannot be certified, and no refund can be given. If a “current” certification is required: “current” means that the latest certification date was less than two years ago. Prerequisites which must be current must be current on the last day of the course. Contact the Aquatics Director with any questions.
Courses are typically run according to demand. Please register your interest, and we will strive to schedule a course when there is sufficient demand.
Swim For Life Instructor
Prerequisites: 16 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross or NLS certification (need not be current).
Description: 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. 20 hr. stand-alone course
Prerequisites: here is no per-requisite for this course. We simply ask that you are comfortable in the deep water & able to swim 400m (that’s 16 laps in the 25m pool).
Description: This is a pre-lifeguarding course, & the first in the Bronze sequence. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and as partners. They learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and they develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard.
Prerequisites: 13 years old OR Completed Bronze Star
Cost: $135.00 (Text & exam fees included)
Description: Bronze Medallion is an On-ramp to lifeguarding: If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, Bronze Medallion is the first step. Candidates must be 13 years of age or have Bronze Star.
Prerequisites: 14 years old AND Bronze Medallion
Cost: $135.00 (Exam fee included)
Description: If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, Bronze Cross is the second step. Candidates must have been certified in Bronze Medallion (must be current).
National Lifeguard Service (NLS) and Standard First Aid with CPR-C
Prerequisites: 16 years old AND Bronze Cross (must be current)
Cost: $215.00 (Course pack & exam fees included)
Description: This certification is recognized as the standard measurement of lifeguard performance nationally. NLS training is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of a lifeguard.
Lifesaving Instructors (LSI)
Prerequisites:16 years old AND Completed Bronze Cross or higher (NLS Preferred)
Cost: $175.00 (Course pack & exam fees included)
Description: Successful completion certifies the candidate to teach Bronze Cross and Medallion.
Examination Standards Clinic
Prerequisites: Current LSI and should have experience teaching Bronze-level courses.
Cost: $60 (Course pack included)
Description: This course is the first step towards becoming a Lifesaving Society Bronze Examiner.
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
Prerequisites: Must be 15 years old
Cost: $200 (or $325 for both WSI & AWSI)
Description: Instructor candidates focus on how to apply information from the Assistant Water Safety Instructor course and develop additional instructional skills, stroke development, drills and corrective strategies to plan, teach and evaluate the entire Red Cross Swim continuum.
Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor (AWSI)
Prerequisites: Must be 15 years old
Cost: $175 (or $325 for both WSI & AWSI)
Description: In this prerequisite for the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course, candidates learn foundation instructional skills including teaching methods, learning styles, physical principles, progressions, communication, safety supervision and feedback.
Swim Instructor Conversion Course:
Prerequisites: Must be 15 years old and have completed W.S.I.
Description: If you have Red Cross W.S.I. this four hour course will allow you to teach Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life Program.