Leadership, Safety and First Aid programs


COVID-19 Update:
To learn how COVID-19 is impacting programs and services offered by Recreation and Culture Services, please visit COVID-19 Updates or our frequently asked questions. For information about the reopening of Recreation and Culture Services’ programs, services and facilities, and the corresponding COVID-19 health and safety protocols, please visit Reopening Recreation.

Please note, programs and services listed on this webpage may not be available at this time.

Before you go, you should know:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements:Community members 12 years of age and older must show proof of vaccination to participate in a fall program. Certain exemptions apply for indoor organized sports, dance classes, martial arts, and swimming lessons. Leadership program participants are not exempt from requiring proof of vaccination.

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Community members requiring assistance with their registration, or those looking to take advantage of their advance booking privileges, are able to contact a Recreation Information Clerk by phone for assistance. For facility contact information and hours of availability, please visit our Program Registration webpage with details listed under the phone-in registration section. 

For more information, or to view, download or print a copy of the activeOshawa 2021 Fall Recreation Program Guide, visit Oshawa.ca/activeOshawa.

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Bronze Medallion

This course teaches an understanding of lifesaving principles and is the prerequisite for Bronze Cross. Rescuers learn tows and carries, defense methods and releases in preparation for rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims. Participants develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500 metre timed swim.
Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age by exam date or Bronze Star Award.

Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid

Designed for lifesavers who want advanced lifesaving training, these awards are the pre-requisites for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certifications. Additional fees for materials and awards are applied at checkout. Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion

Lifesaving Society Instructor

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 (Full Course and Recert)

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 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.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (Full Course and Recert)

The Red Cross Instructor Development program involves 4 components: (1) Skills Evaluation, (2) Online Modules, (3) Volunteer Teaching Experience, and (4) Classroom and Pool. All 4 components are included. The first day of the course is the Skills Evaluation. Candidates must successfully complete the Skills Evaluation component to move forward in the program. Next step information and program materials will be provided at the first class. Upon successful completion of the course, candidates are certified to teach the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Prerequisites: Minimum 15 years of age by the end of the course and Bronze Cross

Standard First Aid and CPR C (Full Course and Recert)

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