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.
Course Dates : To be Announced
Bronze Star is the pre-bronze medallion training standard and 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) (+ First Aid Manual)
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. Completion of this course prepares candidates to take the National Lifeguard Course. Candidates must have completed Bronze Medallion and Emergency or Standard First Aid.
National Lifeguard Certification
(16 years +)
At the completion of this 40 hours course, the successful candidate will be certified as a National Lifeguard and will be able to guard at any pool setting. Take-home assignments and a written and practical exam will also be required. Candidates must be 16 years of age (by exam date) and have a current Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid certificate. 100% attendance is required.
(16 years +)
The NLS course must be re-certified every two years from the last certification date. Bring your NLS certification card to the class. This re-exam involves life-guarding skills, first aid, and rescue situations.
Lifesaving & Swim Instructors Course
(16 years +)
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.
LSS Standard First Aid & CPR-C
(10 years +)
This course provides certification in First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. The 16-hour course outlines how to deal with wounds, poisoning, head injuries, bone, and joint injuries, heart attacks, and strokes. Candidates will also learn 2-man CPR for infants, children, and adults. This course is designed for professional rescuers, health care workers, and lifeguards.
For more information or to register, please contact:
T 905-357-2444 x220
EJ Freeland Community Centre- Fort Erie
Online registration is available now.
Financial support is available for some programs, thanks to the support of: