Lifeguarding Academy

National Lifeguard

Courses offered year-round.

Weekend and Weekday Evening Formats Available

Bronze Medallion & Cross

Courses offered year-round.

Weekend and Weekday Evening Formats Available

First Aid Courses

Courses offered year-round.

Weekend and Weekday Evening Formats Available

Instructor & Advance Courses

Courses offered year-round.

Weekend and Weekday Evening Formats Available

Largest Training Academy in Ontario

Recognized by the Royal Lifesaving Society









Lifeguarding Academy offers all aquatic and first aid certification courses. Search or click below to find the right course for yourself.

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Other Perks of Training at Lifeguarding Academy

Lifeguarding Academy is Toronto's official school of first aid and lifeguarding. All courses are WSIB approved and accredited through the Royal Lifesaving Society of Canada.

World Class Support

Our support team can be reached through email, phone and online live-chat between the hours of 9am-8pm, 7 days a week. We are proud to offer support in English, French, Chinese, Spanish and Farsi.

Automatic Recert Reminders

Our free recert reminder service takes the hassle out of keeping your qualifications up to date. Our system will email you 2 months before your expiry date to give you plenty of time to find a course. This service is offered exclusively at LGA.

Instant Certifications

Upon successful completion of your course, candidates receive an instant temporary certification that can be used to prove their credentials with employers and schools.

Employment Support

Our students get employment priority with our partners such as certain YMCAs, Canada’s Wonderland, Propel, and many more organizations. Visit our job postings for more details.

Expert Instructors

Our experienced instructors use various teaching methods and personalized approaches to deliver content to every type of learner and ensure the success of every student. Lifeguarding Academy has one of the highest success rates!

Personalization & Accommodation

Lifeguarding Academy offers the most frequent courses compared to other organizations. By offering our courses every weekend, we are able to offer personalized schedules for every type of learner. Contact us today to customize your course.

Every Course You Need

Lifeguarding Academy offers all levels of first aid and lifeguard training. Whether you are just starting to look into the process or know exactly what course you are looking for, you can find it at LGA.

Exclusive Online Library

Academy students are provided exclusive access to a large and continuously updated database of resources to always keep their knowledge up to date and be aware of the latest changes.


I really liked this program, I got my bronze medallion and cross over one weekend; the instructor was awesome, the training was intense, the only negatives I experienced was having to get up early because I live far away and after spending 6 hours in the pool it was freezing. Overall super awesome and I highly recommend.

Jake Plunkett


Amazing course. Juan was enthusiastic and filled with so many stories. He was extremely knowledgeable and considerate. He was great at accommodating everyone in the class despite language barriers, different skill levels etc. Overall really enjoyable course and Juan's experience and unique teaching style turned what could have been a dry boring 8 hours into an enjoyable learning experience. Thanks

Dorothy Lui


My daughter recently completed her Bronze Cross with Lifeguarding Academy. My daughter did her research and found the Academy on her own and convinced me that we should travel for an hour to finally get this done!!! Well, I have to say this was the first time that a swimming course was not stressful for her. She loved the instructor, the other participants and the format. Most notably, coming from North Durham she saw people in aquatic leadership positions that look like her. This is key to inclusion and diversity. Hats off to the Academy and continued success!

Coko kiss


Hassan was able to keep everyone engaged and having fun regardless of how long the day felt. He was 100% dedicated to helping us learn in and out of the water to make sure we are all successful.

Julia Morrison


Very professional and informative. The methods and contents taught are extremely in-line with the performance 'must see' criteria set by The Lifesaving Society. I would generally recommend this place to anyone looking to take their life-saving/teaching skills to the next level

Andrew Lau


I took both my swim instructor and life saving instructor courses with the Academy and both instructors were knowledgeable and approachable. I’m looking forward to my next course with them. I highly recommend taking your courses here!

Candice Rose


The instructor was fantastic!! Not only did I learn a lot but it was actually interesting. I stayed interested and engaged throughout, I definitely made the right call coming here and I'll make sure to send my kids here once they're old enough!

Ryan M


NLS Review

I completed my NLS with the Lifeguarding Academy and loved every minute of it. My instructor, Krystal King, aka Special K was kind, patient, and knowledgable. She made sure everyone was having fun while learning how to be the best lifeguard ever. The Lifeguarding Academy has filled a niche in the business and can be proud of all their company has done. Thanks for the amazing experience!

Elisabeth Liu


Over the past 6 weeks I have been doing courses that will eventually allow me to peruse a career in life guarding and after 6 weeks I am truly grateful with what this organization has provided for me. I learned many things in the past 6 weeks more than anyone can imagine, and I feel that I am very prepared to become a lifeguard. This is all thanks to my great and helpful instructor Kristal King, who has helped me achieve my heights potential and has guided me every step of the way.

Youssef Haddad


Great Experience

Lifeguard Academy was the only place to offer multiple recert classes that fit my schedule. It is so nice having flexibility with something like this as opposed to last minute efforts to find a course. The instructors were very clear and helpful. The entire experience was learning based. Thanks so much!

Elise Patterson



Academy Programs

Lifeguarding Academy offers all Bronze, National Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR, Instructor and Advanced courses. Through Lifeguarding Academy, you can take all of the necessary courses to become certified as a first aider, lifeguard, or instructor nationwide. All Lifeguarding Academy courses are facilitated under the Academy Guarantee are WISB approved, and accredited by the Royal Lifesaving Society of Canada.

Our Locations

Harbord Collegiate Institute

286 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 1G5

Ryerson Recreation

50 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

Jarvis Collegiate Institute

495 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G8

Dafna Swim Center

4884 Dufferin St #8, North York, ON M3H 5S8

Spirit of Math School

459 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1X9

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