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New Aquatic Leadership Program
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New Aquatic Leadership Program


York Region District School Board has partnered with the City of Markham to offer a new Aquatic Leadership Program that will enable students to become certified lifeguards, ready for employment. The program uses a blended learning format consisting of pool instruction, face-to-face instruction and e-Learning. Upon completion, successful students will have developed leadership skills and may earn:
  • Two secondary school Grade 11 credits;
  • Standard First Aid (includes Automated External Defibrillator);
  • Bronze Medallion Certification;
  • Bronze Cross Certification;
  • National Lifeguarding Certification;
  • Swim and Lifesaving Instructor Certification.


Milliken Mills Community Centre, 7600 Kennedy Road, Markham


Students must register by October 1, 2015.
Classes run from October 6 to June 9, 2015.


Developed to address a shortage of swim instructors, this program will help meet growing community needs, reduce the cost of lifeguard certification, and prepare students for possible employment opportunities with the City of Markham and beyond.


The program is run by York Region District School Board in partnership with the City of Markham. Participants must be 16 years or older by the end of the program, hold Bronze Star or equivalent qualifications and demonstrate endurance in a 400m timed swim.
For more information, please visit the YRDSB website or contact:
Annette Oliver, Continuing Education Services/ Community and International Education Services
York Region District School Board
Tel: (905) 884-2046 ext. 186
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