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Aqua Essence’s Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and National Lifeguard programs cater to the individual learning styles of our students. Class sizes are limited, guaranteeing that each participant receives personal attention throughout the program. We have designed our programs as “crash courses” that meet the scheduling needs of students without compromising skill development and course requirements. Our courses are a combination of classroom learning and pool practice.

To inquire about any of the lifesaving courses below, please email

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Bronze Star

Minimum age requirement: 11 years old

Prerequisites: None required

Cost: $180 plus GST

Bronze Star is a perfect option for the swimmer that has completed all of their Ready, Set, Swim! Levels at a young age but is now not quite old enough to take Bronze Medallion. The course prepares participants for success in their future lifesaving courses.

Course participants will develop their problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in pairs. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. The program includes a 400m fitness swim.

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Bronze Medallion

Minimum age requirement: 13 years old

Prerequisites: Age 13+

Cost: $378 plus GST

Supplies Needed (not included in course cost): Canadian Lifesaving Manual and Canadian First Aid Manual, and Leadership Kit


Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles that make up the four components of water rescue: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Participants will build confidence in many areas such as: tows, carries, and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk. Participants will learn how to respond to increasingly complex situations involving both conscious and unconscious victims. In an empowering way, lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance with a timed swim.


Participants will also complete the course with an Emergency First Aid certification. They will learn how to assess victims, rescue breathing, CPR, AED use, bleeds, choking, respiratory and circulatory emergencies, burn treatments, and more. 


This course is needed for many jobs out there, including becoming a swim instructor! It is a great way to dip your feet into the world of first aid and build some confidence for any situation life throws your way!

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Bronze Cross


Minimum age requirement: 13 years old

Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion

Cost: $378 plus GST

Supplies Needed (not included in course cost): Canadian Lifesaving Manual and Canadian First Aid Manual, and Leadership Kit

Bronze Cross is designed for those who are ready for the challenge! If you are ready to advance and get detailed with your training, this is the course for you.


As an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities, this course teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, and how to approach situations using teamwork and trust. Lifesavers build upon the skills they learned in Bronze Medallion, and learn skills involved with spinal injury rescues, victims with no pulse, and victims with deteriorating circumstances.


Our Bronze Cross comes with a Standard First Aid certification. This is a requirement of many workplaces, including Aqua Essence. Participants will gain an in depth understanding of first aid. Some highlights of this course: spinal injuries, heat/cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies. Participants will also receive their CPR-C upon completion of the course.


Join us for a challenge that tests your endurance, your intuition, your problem-solving skills. We ensure that this is a safe, inclusive, and empowering environment where questions are strongly encouraged and celebrated!

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National Life Saving Course

Aqua Essence is proud to deliver the Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Program. The program is the standard of excellence in water rescue, accident prevention, and emergency care. Upon completion, you are a certified lifeguard!


Minimum age requirement: 15 years old

Prerequisites: Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid (Must be listed in the Manitoba Public Health Act P210: Swimming Pools and Other Water Recreational Facilities Regulation M.R. 68/2015)

Cost: $585 plus GST

NL Recertification Cost: $175 plus GST

Supplies Needed: Leadership Kit (all other course supplies are included)

NL is a 44-hour course, where every participant has significant individual attention. This intensive course can feel daunting before you begin, but it is so rewarding and fun at the same time! The skills that participants learn in Bronze Medallion and Cross will directly assist in a successful NL.


Some skills that you learn and demonstrate in NL: swim then surface dive to the bottom of the pool to retrieve a 20-pound object, submerged swimming for 15 metres, head up/head down swimming for 50 metres within a minute, swim to recover a submerged mannequin or victim and rescue within 90 seconds, and a timed swim of 400 metres within 10 minutes.

It is tiring, but in the best, most accomplishing way that opens up doors for you in the lifesaving and employment world!

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