As an authorized service provider for the Lifesaving Society of Canada, the BGC provides all Lifesaving Swim programs from structured lessons for Parent & Tot to advanced Aquatic certification and training.
If your child has taken swim lessons with another provider, click the conversion chart below to find the comparable level.
Parent & Tot
(18 months-3 years) Parent Participation Required.
Parents spend quality time with their child while having fun learning and socializing with others. Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, our Parent & Toddler program stresses the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. We provide “Water Smart” tips on keeping children safe in an aquatic setting.
The preschool program gives children a head start on learning to swim. Preschool levels develop an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep. In five preschool levels, we work to ensure 3 to 5-year-old children become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Water Smart education at each level. Please note that COVID-19 protocols require that a parent/guardian must be in the water the participant.
Our swimmer program makes sure children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate 6-12 years old children and youth including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics. We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Water Smart education at all levels. Please note that COVID-19 protocols require that a parent/guardian must be in the water the participant, for Swimmer levels 1-3.
Canadian Swim Patrol – Rookie, Ranger & Star Patrol
(Completion of Swimmer 6)
The Lifesaving Society’s 3-level Canadian Swim Patrol program provides enriched training for those who want to develop swim strokes and skills while having fun in the challenging world of lifesaving. Swim Patrol develops swimming strength and efficiency with emphasis on Water Smart behaviour. Skill drills enhance capability in the water, good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment.
1-on-1 (Private); or 2-1 Semi-Private (2 participants)
The aquatic department is pleased to offer private and semi-private swim lessons. These lessons are recommended for all swimmers ages 3+ who are looking for individual attention.
Are you between the ages of 12-16 and looking for a great way to spend your time? Join the BGC Lifeguard Academy. Gain experience, build new skills, and make lasting friendships. We will be offering all the training that you require to become a lifeguard and swim instructor.
Take all the courses needed to be a lifeguard or just the ones you’re missing. Scholarships are available for those unable to afford our regular rates.
Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. Participants will learn CPR and develop Water Smart, confidence, and the lifesaving skills needed to be a lifeguard.
Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid
(13+ years or Bronze Star)
Bronze Medallion is the next step in becoming a certified lifeguard. The course includes First Aid skills, water rescue situations and swim endurance activities. The Emergency First Aid with CPR-B component enhances the knowledge of first aid situations and treatments. Candidates must have successfully completed Bronze Star or be 13 years of age by the exam date. 100% attendance is mandatory.
Bronze Cross is an advanced Lifesaving Society course designed to prepare candidates to be lifesavers and assistant lifeguards. Completion of this course prepares candidates to take the National Lifeguard Course. Candidates must have completed Bronze Medallion and Emergency or Standard First Aid. 100% attendance is mandatory.
National Lifeguard Certification
The National Lifeguard course develop the lifeguarding principles, good judgment and a mature and responsible attitude needed to be a lifeguard. The course develops the basic lifeguarding skills, principles and decision-making processes that will assist the lifeguard to evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies. Candidates must be 15 years of age by the last day of the course, have completed Bronze Medallion and Standard First Aid. 100% attendance is mandatory.
The National Lifeguard course must be re-certified every two years from the last certification date. Bring your National Lifeguard certification card to the class. This re-exam involves life-guarding skills, first aid, and rescue situations.
Lifesaving & Swim Instructors Course
This 40-hour course is the last step in becoming a certified Lifesaving instructor. At the completion of this course, candidates will be able to teach the Lifesaving Learn to Swim program as well as the Bronze cluster awards. Candidates must be 16 years of age by the last day of the course and have a current Bronze Cross or NLS Award. 100% attendance is mandatory. Lifesaving Instructor: The 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 awards are recognized by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), the Society complies with the WSIB’s request that only “first aid instructors” teach WSIB-approved courses. Successful candidates receive two certifications: Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor.
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 the Swim for Life® and Canadian Swim Patrol programs.
COVID-19 ADMISSION STANDARDS & GUIDELINES
- Swimmers who show signs of COVID-19, or who have not passed the screening questionnaire, will not be permitted to enter the facility.
- Swim googles are recommended for all swimmers to help prevent mucus contamination.
- Swim googles, towels and other personal items must be supplied by participants.
- Water bottles should be brought from home and filled in advance. Water fountains will not be available for use.
- Swimmers should take a cleansing shower at home prior to going to the pool and again upon returning home.
- Face masks are to be worn in the facility, but should be stored in a labelled sealed plastic bag during swimming. Visitors attending the facility with children, who are not swimming should wear a face mask in the facility.
- Physical distancing is required throughout the facility. Follow the indicated paths distancing indicators. Swimmers and visitors must wait in designated areas and remain in designated areas.
- Swimmers are required to come prepared for swimming.
- Families will have access to the change room starting 10 minutes prior to the beginning of their swim lesson to get changed. We ask families to adjust their arrival time to accommodate this and remain in the foyer area until you are clear to enter the changeroom.
- Swimmers will be permitted to use the changerooms for 10 minutes to change from their bathing attire after leaving the pool. Swimmers are encouraged to change from their bathing attire upon leaving and placing used clothing in a plastic bag until it can be properly cleaned.
- Any and all equipment supplied by BGC Niagara will be designated for use to a specific swimmer and disinfected after use.
ADMISSION STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC POOLS
Admission Standards for Public Pools were developed by the Office of the Chief Coroner to assist lifeguards and assistant lifeguards in maintaining adequate surveillance over the whereabouts and the activities of young bathers while they are inside the pool enclosure. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care strongly supports these recommendations for the purposes of preventing injuries and fatalities.
- Children under the age of 10 years who are non-swimmers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 12 years of age and responsible for their direct supervision. The ratio of non-swimmers to parent or guardian may be a maximum of 4 bathers to one parent or guardian (4:1). The ratio of non-swimmers to parent or guardian may be increased to a maximum of 8 bathers to one parent or guardian (8:1) if lifejackets are worn by all non-swimmers in their charge
- Children under the age of 10 who are swimmers (able to demonstrate comfort in the water and pass the facility swim test) may be admitted to the swimming pool unaccompanied.
- Children under the age of 6 years may not be admitted to the swimming pool unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for their direct supervision, with a maximum of two children for each parent or guardian.
- Guardians or group leaders are responsible for the children in their care while in the facility and must directly supervise the children at all times.
- Guardians or group leaders should be at least 12 years of age.
- Ratios of instructors/lifeguards to bathers must also be maintained as per Regulation 565.