Leadership, Safety and First Aid Program Registration


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Recreation and Culture Services is offering leadership, safety, and first aid programs this summer! Courses are available for individuals interested in becoming a lifeguard, swimming instructor, those interested in developing water safety and awareness in various aquatic environments, or those looking to complete their Standard First Aid and CPR C.

For more information, including COVID-19 health and safety information for leadership, safety, and first aid programs, registration information, and preparing for your course, please visit Oshawa.ca/activeOshawa.

Information iconWebex information sessions
All leadership classes will have a virtual Webex information session scheduled prior to the class start
date. This virtual meeting will provide an opportunity to learn the COVID-19 protocols that will be in
place, check qualifications of candidates, meet the instructor, learn course expectations and have a
virtual facility tour. Participants must have internet access and a device that is able to connect to the
meeting. Webex invites will be sent to the account holders email address.

Additional options for registration, including phone-in registration at select recreation facilities, is available. See additional registration information for details.


To register for a course, please select one of the below options to see additional information.

Standard First Aid & CPR-C

This course provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of Standard First Aid and CPR-C.

Bronze Medallion/Cross & Standard First Aid

A course designed for the candidate who wishes to complete Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid simultaneously.
Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age by exam date.

Lifesaving Society Instrutor

Upon successful completion of this program, candidates will be able to instruct the following awards in the Lifesaving program: Canadian Swim Patrol program, Bronze Medal Awards, Waiting Pool Attendant and Emergency First Aid.
Prerequisite: Minimum 15 years of age by the exam date, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid from one of Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol.

National Lifeguard - Pool

As Canada's professional lifeguard standard, National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard's role. The course 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, 50 metre sprint challenge, 50 metre rescue drill, and 400 metre endurance challenge.
Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age by the exam date, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid from one of Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (Recert)

To retain certification, WSIs attending a recertification will be required to complete the recertification modules: Introduction, Red Cross Swimming & Water Safety Update, WSI – Skills Evaluation, a Professional Development and Next Steps course. WSI candidates will be evaluated on water safety skills and strokes to meet Red Cross Swim Kids performance criteria. They will also be evaluated on Instructor Emergency Response (IER) skills. As of October 2, 2017 the initial certification period of new WSIs is now two years, with a requirement to complete three specified WSI-Online Professional Development Courses to be eligible to complete the WSI Recertification process. To complete the WSI Recertification process, newly certified WSIs complete the prerequisite online courses and attend the WSI Recertification Course, after which instructors must attend clinics every two years in order to maintain a current certification. Prerequisite: Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification.