Lifesaving Programs


For older children and young adolescents (11+) who have completed their swimming lessons, Heights offers an introductory Lifesaving course.

Participants will be introduced to the basics of first aid, both on land and in the pool.

Lifesaving is offered during the weekday swimming lesson sessions.

For teens who have completed their swimming lessons and are interested in become lifeguard, or simply learning basic first aid, Heights offers Red Cross Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross certification courses.

Bronze Medallion

The Bronze Medallion introduces the four basic components of lifesaving: judgement, knowledge, skills and physical fitness. You will learn defense, release, tow and carry techniques to be prepared to save conscious and unconscious victims in situations that are increasingly risky. You will also improve your swimming technique and endurance.


  • To be at least 13 years of age at the time of the final evaluation.
  • To demonstrate the swimming skills and knowledge equivalent to Olympic Way Gold or Canadian Red Cross Junior 10 swimming levels.

Bronze Cross

If you’re seeking a more advanced training and want to know the basic notions of aquatic facility supervision, you need a Bronze Cross award. You will also learn to rescue a spinal-injured victim in the deep part of the pool and a submerged victim in cardiopulmonary arrest.

Bronze Cross is a required prerequisiste for the Canadian Red Cross National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Instructor certifications.

Prerequisite: Have passed Bronze Medallion


Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross courses are held on Tuesdays from 2:00-5:00 PM for eight weeks. Attendance is compulsory.

Fees: There is an additional fee of $25 to register for Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross. Additional fees for course materials and examinations may be required.