​About Aquatic Leadership

The road to becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor can be demanding, but those who choose to pursue it are rewarded with endless opportunities. Aquatic leadership programs help participants develop sound judgement, decision-making, problem-solving and communication skills that employers value. Lifeguards and swim instructors who complete their courses open doors to successful careers in the fields of education, emergency services, medicine and beyond.​

View the progression chart​​​ to see what steps to take to become a lifeguard and swim instructor.

Aquatic Certification Training Program​

Through this program, the City is offering free aquatic certification courses to residents ages 14 and older who are successful in a skills assessment. Participants are invited to register for an assessment to demonstrate their aquatic skills and athletic abilities. Successful candidates will receive their aquatic certifications completely free.

Prerequisites to Participate in a Skills Assessment:

  • Minimum age of 14
  • A strong swimmer
  • The desire to help others and teach lifesaving skills​​
  • Brampton Resident

Please come prepared to complete your assessment in the pool with the following items:

  • Proper bathing attire
  • Gog​gles

Upon successful completion of a skills assessment, the following aquatic certification courses are eligible for a 100% discount:

  • Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid
  • Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid
  • Lifesaving Society Swim, Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructors
  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (Pool Option)​

Please be advised, the discount form will be valid for courses starting on or after July 1, 2024, until January 5, 2025​.

​Discount forms are not valid for previously completed courses.​

 What to Expect at a Skills Assessment:​

 Register Here

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Employme​nt & Volunteer Opportunities

Join our aquatics team and have fun working indoors or outdoors! Be part of a team that’s dedicated to community leadership and developing life-saving skills. Build lifelong friendships and enjoy amazing perks like a flexible schedule, working outdoors, and opportunities for career development.


View a list of Frequently Asked Questions​ or visit our Contact Us page to find additional information.