FREE Aquatic Leadership Courses 

NEW! The Town of Orangeville is launching free aquatic certification training programs for 2023. Participants can enroll in courses on the path to becoming a lifeguard and swimming instructor with their certifications completely free. (Exam and Course material fees apply). Courses are suitable for individuals a minimum of 15 years of age and having completed Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.   

Free courses include:

  • Lifesaving Society Swim, Lifesaving Instructors
  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (Pool Option)

Join the Town of Orangeville Aquatics Team! Upon successful completion of National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Swim Instructors, participants will have the opportunity to apply for a position. 

Leadership Manuals

In addition, Orangeville Recreation has partnered with the Orangeville Library  to make the following manuals available for the public to borrow to assist in reducing costs associated with leadership programs. 

  • Canadian Lifesaving Manual
  • Canadian First Aid Manual
  • Swim and Lifesaving Instructor Pack
  • Alert: Lifeguarding in Action

 Register for Aquatic Leadership

Register and explore our programs

Orangeville offers Lifesaving Society courses that will certify you to become a lifeguard and swimming instructor. Re-certification courses are also offered throughout the year for those needing to update their certifications.

Aquatic leadership programs

We offer the following aquatic leadership programs and certifications:

 Leadership Programs 
  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid
  • Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid full course and re-certification
  • Lifesaving Sport (Orangeville Lifesaving Sport Club)
  • National Lifeguard: Pool course and re-certification
  • Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor
  • Lifesaving Society Swim and Lifesaving Instructor
  • Aquatic Supervisor Training
  • Lifesaving Society Examiner Standards Clinic
  • SafeGuard 

How to become a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor


Lifeguard Courses

To become a lifeguard, you are required to pass specific Lifesaving Society courses:

  • Bronze Medallion: Age 13+ or Bronze Star 
  • Bronze Cross: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid 
  • National Lifeguard: Age 15+, Bronze Cross, and Standard First Aid

Swim Instructor Courses

To become a swim instructor, you are required to pass specific Lifesaving Society courses: 

  • Bronze Medallion: Age 13+ or Bronze Star 
  • Bronze Cross: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid 
  • Bronze Cross/or National Lifeguard, and Standard First Aid: Age 15+
  • Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Swim Instructor: Age 15+ 

 Volunteer at the pool

By volunteering at the pool, you can earn credits toward the cost of our aquatic leadership programs. Check out our current volunteer opportunities and start your training to become a lifeguard or certified swimming instructor.

30 Volunteer Hours                 
Emergency First Aid
Standard First Aid Recertification
Bronze Cross Re-exam
40 Volunteer Hours
Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid
Assistant Instructor
50 Volunteer Hours
Swim and Lifesaving Instructor
National Lifeguard

Job opportunities

Join our team! The Town of Orangeville offers flexible hours, with early morning, daytime, evening and weekend shifts available.

Aquatic Recruitment FAQ

What is the Recruitment Process?

1. Attend a Wet Screening: Bring a swim suit, goggles, towel, water, and all relevant qualifications.

2. Successful candidates will be invited to a Dry Interview after the Wet Screening. (Same day)

3. Successful candidates from both the Wet Screening and Dry Interview will be offered a conditional offer of employment.

4. Conditions are based on attending all trainings, submitting a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening and providing all required qualifications

How do I apply?

1. Apply online for all current Job posting 

2. Invited to a wet screening after application has been reviewed 

What are the Required Qualifications?


  • Standard First Aid with CPR C
  • National Lifeguard 

JR. Instructor

  • Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid with CPR C
  • Lifesaving Swim Instructor


  • Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid with CPR C
  • Lifesaving Swim Instructor
  • Lifesaving Instructor
  • Lifesaving Emergency First Aid Instructor


What is a Wet Screening?

The Wet Screening is a step in the recruitment process where candidates demonstrate their National Lifeguard skills and Lifesaving Society Swimmer 6 strokes and skills. 


The following are examples of skills that may be evaluated:

  • Object Recovery
  • Rescue Drill
  • Approach & Carry
  • Sprint Challenge
  • Strokes and Lifesaving Kicks

Successful Candidates will be invited to stay for a DRY INTERVIEW following the wet screening.

*Applicants are required to bring a bathing suit, water bottle, goggles, whistle & copy of all of their qualifications*

 Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be a lifeguard/swim instructor?
To be a certified lifeguard or swim instructor you must be 15 years of age but you could start your training as young as 12 years. You cannot work until the age of 16 years.
How do I check my pre-requisites?
Please visit the Lifesaving Society website and enter the 6-digit code on the bottom right of your certification cards.
What to Bring to Aquatic Leadership Courses
  • Bathing suit, towel and whistle (for pool portions)
  • Notebook/paper, pens, food/drinks
  • Required materials (manuals required for the course)
  • For certain courses, pre-course assignments will be assigned and must be turned in on the first day of the course. This may require you to pick up your course package ahead of time to allow enough time to complete the assignments.
What if I have to miss a class?
 Attendance is 100% mandatory in order to pass all courses
When will I receive my official certification? 
Your permanent certification will be mailed to you directly from the Lifesaving Society. They advertise a 90-day turnaround time for your certificates to be processed and mailed to you. Your temporary card that you will receive at the end of your course will be legally valid for you to present to your school or workplace as proof of successful completion.















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