Lead. Teach. Save. We have courses to teach you first aid, lifesaving skills and much more. Whether you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, a swim instructor or just learning to become a better leader, these courses will help you develop strong leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

Leadership Training we offer based on the Lifesaving Society’s programs:

  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross & Assistant Instructor
  • Swim for Life Assistant Instructor & Lifesaving Instructor
  • National Lifeguard Service & Standard First Aid

Please see our program guide(s) below for enrollment information, dates and times.

FREE – Newcomers Leadership Training Program

The Newcomers Leadership Training Program is designed for newcomers to Halifax and surrounding areas and will take place between October 2018 and June 2019 and is open to 12 male and 12 female candidates ages 16-24. Currently still accepting applications. Click here for more details and application form.

Leadership Programs Added for December

Bronze Medallion
9 sessions | 2 hours per session
December 3rd to 14th | 4:50pm-6:50pm
Members $120, Non-Members $135
Online registration code 310172
Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star
certification (need not be current).

Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, as well as defense methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500m timed swim. Registration includes book and exam
fees and practice instruction time. Please note: Exam may be scheduled after the last session

Bronze Cross & Assistant Instructor
9 sessions | 3 hours per session
December 3rd to 14th | 4:00pm-7:00pm
Members $135, Non-Members $145
Online registration code 310173
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion

Bronze Cross & Assistant Instructor is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is the prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard Service and Instructor certifications. Physical standard includes a 600m timed swim. Through classroom learning and in water practice, the Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help certified instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching, and they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are strongly emphasized throughout the program. Registration includes exam fees.
Please note: Exam may be scheduled after the last session. Participants will only receive assistant instructor award if they are 14 years old.

Winter 2019 Program Guide


Online: November 20th, beginning at 8:00am
In-person: November 22nd, beginning at 8:00am

Online: November 27th, beginning at 8:00am
In-person: December 4th, beginning at 8:00am

Click to view the WINTER 2019 Program Guide