Knowing how to swim is one thing. Knowing how to save lives is another. Learn first aid, water rescue skills, and drowning prevention strategies by taking a Lifesaving Society water rescue and lifesaving program!

Begin early by taking the Canadian Swim Patrol programs, which are excellent preparation for the Society’s famous Bronze Medals. The Bronze Medallion has been awarded in Canada since 1896!

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Canadian Swim Patrol

Ready for something different than regular swim classes? Looking for a way to develop your swimming strength and efficiency? Rise to the challenge and get your Swim Patrol awards. The Canadian Swim Patrol Program is the on-ramp to lifeguarding geared towards swimmers between 8 and 12-years-old. Ability to swim is the only prerequisite! These awards prepare candidates for success in the Society’s Bronze medal awards.

Bronze Medal Awards

The Canadian Lifesaving Program’s Bronze Medal Awards provides swimmers with a fun and exciting opportunity to learn valuable lifesaving, first aid, and Water Smart® skills and knowledge. Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross are designed for swimmers ages 8-15, but it’s never to late to learn these valuable skills!

Junior Lifeguard Club


The Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC) offers serious fun for children and youth 8-years-old and up. The Junior Lifeguard Club provides an action-packed challenge for kids who love the water but who want more than

The JLC focuses on fun and developing skills using personal-bests to determine achievement. You can get better at your swimming skills, lifesaving skills and fitness, leadership, and teamwork skills. You can also train for competitions, and work on special events.

Advanced Lifesaving: The Award of Distinction

The Lifesaving Society’s advanced lifesaving award Distinction encourages a maturity of response and provide challenging opportunities to demonstrate exceptional lifesaving ability an leadership.

The Lifesaving Society’s Distinction award encourages a maturity of response to demanding aquatic emergency situations and is designed to develop advanced water rescue skill and knowledge, and an understanding of the principles of fitness training. Distinction challenges include implications of assuming responsibility in an emergency, how to deal with two victims at once, and rescue of a non-breathing spinal-injured victim. Inherent in the name of the award, lifesavers must perform every item with distinction.

  • Prerequisite: Bronze Cross
  • Course Length: Recommended 25 hours