First Aid and Lifesaving Programs

The Vollmer Recreation Complex is affiliated with the Lifesaving Society. Our staff are trained to teach you Lifesaving Society programs. The first aid certifications offered focus on the practical ABC's of lifesaving. 

Lifesaving Programs

Lifeguards are more than simply good swimmers! They are water rescue professionals trained in emergency care. They prevent accidents and injuries. They educate the public about the hazards and risks related to water activities, and how to be Water Smart. Lifeguarding is a fun, exciting and rewarding job. Lifeguarding is also a job that carries an enormous amount of responsibility, which is why lifeguards take classes and train hard! Follow these steps to becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor:

  • Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid
  • Bronze Cross
  • Assistant Instructors
  • National Lifeguard Service
  • LSS Instructors School
  • High Five PHCD

Bronze Star

This program is for youth aged 8-12 years. Swimmers can start their lifesaving training earlier. The content and performance criteria are designed to be challenging but achievable with effort. Candidates are certified in Basic First Aid and CPR-A. This course requires 100% attendance in order to fulfill the course requirements.

Bronze Medallion

Everything starts here with the first class of the Lifesaving Society's leadership program. This course develops a timed swim fitness component and introduces decision making and judgment skills. Students are required to perform various tows, carries and release techniques. Candidates are certified in Emergency First Aid with CPR B. 100% attendance is required to fulfill the course requirements. Must be 13 years old or have a current Bronze Star Certification.

Bronze Cross with Standard First Aid

This is the second step of the Lifesaving Society's leadership program. Endurance challenges and physical fitness is emphasized as it will be required for the rescues of this level. Rescues are introduced in deeper water and with more challenging victim types. Candidates are certified in Standard First Aid with CPR C. 100% attendance is required to fulfill course requirements. Must have completed Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid.

Assistant Instructor

This Lifesaving Society program is the first step required to become a Swim Instructor. This course will prepare candidates to help certified instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized. You must have completed Bronze Cross, must be at least 14 years of age and attend all three days.

National Lifeguard with Standard First Aid

This course teaches the key principles in the Lifesaving Society's Lifeguard program. This certification allows a candidate to work as a lifeguard at a pool. Teamwork, leadership, communication and a high level of physical fitness are emphasized. Must have Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid and be 16 years of age by the exam date. 100% attendance is required to fulfill the course requirements.

Lifesaving Society Instructor School with High Five®

The combined Swim and Lifesaving Instructors course focuses on preparing the instructor to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Swim Instructors are certified to teach and evaluate all levels of the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Program. The Lifesaving Instructors are able to teach and evaluate sections of the Lifesaving programs. This program includes HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development Certification.

Advanced Instructors

The Advanced Instructor Course provides additional information for instructors who wish to teach the advanced awards including National Lifeguard and Standard First Aid. Must have Current Lifesaving Instructors Certification.

Aquatic Supervisor Training

For deck-level supervisory staff, this 10 hour course provides knowledge and skills to manage a safe aquatic environment. Must have Current NLS and 100 hours as a lifeguard or swim instructor.

Examiner Standards Clinic

This course provides the knowledge of the Lifesaving Society's examination standard. The Lifesaving Society appoints experienced instructors with the Examiner Standards clinic as Examiners for the advanced classes such as Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard and more. Must have current Lifesaving Instructors and Advanced Instructors.

Standard First Aid Instructors

This course provides the knowledge and materials to teach the standard first aid award. Must have Advanced Instructors and a current Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid.


HIGH FIVE® tHigh Five program logoraining provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children's programs in the sport and recreation industry. Several municipalities, not for profit organizations and service providers either require or recommend HIGH FIVE® certification for employment.

HIGH FIVE ® holds true to the five Principles of Healthy Child Development that the research indicates are essential for quality programs: a caring adult, the opportunity to make friends, the opportunity to play, the opportunity to master skills and the opportunity to participate.

First Aid

From Standard First Aid courses to training to become a lifeguard, we offer a full range of courses. 

Community Certification

Bring your friends and family and take advantage of our Community CPR Certification or Community Standard First Aid Certification that is offered once per year.