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Swim Lessons & Leadership

Lifesaving Society Swim for Life

We are pleased to offer the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program as our learn to swim program at our facilities.

Parent and Tot: 3 level program for children 4 months to 3 years of age.

Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart® tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting. Certified instructors provide guidance and answers to your questions.
Because activities and progressions are based on child development, you register in the level appropriate for your child’s age: 4–12 months, 12–24 months, or 2–3 years.

Preschool: 5-level program for children 3 to 5 years of age

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool Program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep. In our basic aquatic progressions, we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.

Swimmer: 9 level program for children 5+ years of age

The Lifesaving Society’s 6-level Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children 5 years and older 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 Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Swimmer levels.

View the conversion chart to see where your child fits.

Swim lessons also available at Stoney Creek C.C. delivered by the YMCA.

Check the schedule and register now!



Become a Lifeguard & Instructor


5 Steps to become a lifeguard and instructor





  1. Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid with CPR B
  2. Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid with CPR C
  3. Assistant Instructor (AI)
  4. National Lifeguard (NL)
  5. Swim & Lifesaving Instructor

City of London aquatic staff must be fully qualified instructors and lifeguards.

Register for any of these programs by visiting or calling 519-661-5575.


1. Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid with CPR B

Get Started on the path to become a lifeguard!

  • Teaches an understanding of the 4 components of water rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness.
  • Rescuers learn tows and carries as well as defence methods and releases in order to stay safe in challenging higher risk rescue situations.
  • Includes Emergency First Aid (EFA) & CPR B certification. (WSIB approved and valid for 2 years from certification date.)
  • Recognized as the waterfront supervisory certification for Ontario's Recreational Camp Regulation 568 and is among the first steps toward an exciting and rewarding job as a lifeguard!

Prerequisite: 13 years of age or Bronze Star

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.


2. Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid with CPR C

Learn more advanced life saving and supervision skills.

  • Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic facilities.
  • Prerequisite for all advanced training programs including the National Lifeguard (NL) and Swim Instructor certifications.
  • Standard First Aid (SFA) and CPR C certification included. (WSIB approved and valid for 2 years from the certification date.)
  • Bronze Cross is recognized as an assistant lifeguard certification in Ontario's Public Swimming Pool Regulation 565 and is an important step toward an exciting and rewarding job as a lifeguard!

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid certifications

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.


3. Assistant Instructor (AI)

Start learning how to teach others to swim.

  • Prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes through classroom learning and in-water practice.
  • Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions.
  • The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized, and are aimed to expose candidates to the aquatic environment.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, candidates are required to complete 10-12 hours of volunteer teaching experience prior to the start of their Swim and Lifesaving Instructor (SI/LSI) program.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross & 14 years of age by end of course.

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.


4. National Lifeguard (NL)

Canada's only nationally recognized lifeguard certification.

  • The only certificate recognized in Ontario for lifeguarding public swimming pools.
  • National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement, and a mature and responsible attitude toward the lifeguard's role.
  • Emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment.
  • Candidates develop teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.
  • Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50m spring, 50m rescue drill, and 400m endurance challenge.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid, and age 16 by end of course.

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.


5. Swim and Lifesaving Instructor

Learn to teach swimming lessons, first aid, and leadership.

  • Includes two courses: Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor (SI) and Lifesaving Instructor (LSI). While these are offered as a combination, they may be taken separately in extenuating circumstances. Please contact us for more information.
  • Swim Instructor (SI) prepares candidates to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills 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 Instructor (LSI) prepares candidates to plan, teach, and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in a majority of the Lifesaving Society's leadership and first aid programs. Successful candidates receive two certification cards, the Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid instructor.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, LIfesaving Society Assistant Instructor and age 16 by end of course.

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.


2nd Chance Program

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We want you to succeed.
Aquatic leadership courses include evaluated items. If you're unsuccessful, you can take a course designated as "2nd Chance Eligible" again at an 80% discount.
In order to qualify for the 2nd Chance Program, you must have taken your original course with us and have received a recommendation from the course examiner to re-take the course.
Registrations using the 2nd Chance Program must be completed in person or by calling 519-661-5575.  It is not possible to receive this discount through online registration.

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