Swim Instructor Courses

** Leadership courses are Non-Refundable. Courses cancelled by Davina’s Swim House or the candidate are entitled to a credit. Candidates who choose to withdraw with less than 72 hours notice may be subjected to a $50.00 administrative fee. Credits never expire, are transferable between courses and individuals, and can be used to purchase products or services.

Do you want to teach swimming? Gain the knowledge to teach and evaluate skills and strokes in an aquatic setting. Take one or all three of the Instructor programs and become certified through the Red Cross and/or Lifesaving society to teach people of all ages how to swim and be safe around an aquatic setting.

LSS Assistant Instructor

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 emphasized.


14 years of age (by end of course) and Bronze Cross.


Assistant Instructor Workbook


  • Register for LSS Assistant Instructor Courses


LSS Swim Instructor

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the candidates with acquire proven teaching methods, a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Candidates will be certified to teach the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life program which includes Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer, Adult, and Fitness.


15 years of age (by end of course) and Bronze Cross


Lifesaving Swim Instructor pac



LSS Lifesaving Instructor

The Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor course prepares individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Society’s lifesaving and first aid awards. Because the Society’s first aid courses are recognized by Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), the Society complies with WSIB’s request that only “first aid instructors” teach WSIB-approved courses. Successful candidates on the Lifesaving Instructor course receive two certification cards: Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor. Current Lifesaving Instructors are certified to teach: Canadian Swim Patrol Program, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Fitness, Distinction
Current Emergency First Aid Instructors are certified to teach and certify candidates in: Basic First Aid, Emergency First Aid and CPR-A, B.


15 years of age (by end of course) and Bronze Cross.


Lifesaving Instructor Pac



  • Register for LSS Instructor Courses

Red Cross Instructor

Candidates will be certified to teach the Red Cross Swim Program (Preschool, Swim Kids, Adult and Teens). The course is taught through a blended learning module that includes: swim strokes and skill evaluation, online training, practice teaching, and classroom training.


  • 15 years of age by the end of the course;
  • Emergency first aid
  • Ability to swim and preform the skills at a Red Cross swim kids 10 level. (Assessment of the skills will be done at the beginning of the course)
  • Recommended, Bronze Cross or NLS certification (need not be current).

Reference material

Water Safety Instructor Workbook, Red Cross Deck Book.


  • Register for Red Cross Instructor Course

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Transfer Course

If you are a swim instructor from another agency (Lifesaving or YMCA) and wish to receive your Red Cross Instructors you must attend a transfer course and complete the online module and teaching experience hours.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recertification

  • Register for Red Cross WSI Recertification

Davina’s Swim House Instructor Certification

This course is for certified Swim Instructors wishing to teach at Davina’s Swim House. This course teaches the specific DSH learn to swim program. Candidates will learn specialized techniques specific to DSH.


Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor or Red Cross Water Safety Instructor



  • Register for DSH Instructor Certification

Become a Lifesaving and Swim Instructor Package

This package includes; Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Emergency First Aid, Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor, Emergency First Aid Instructor, and Davina’s Swim House Instructor certifications. Candidates can choose from any of our courses within the 2018/2019 Leadership schedule. All courses must be completed by the end of August 2019.