ISA/ILS Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course

ISA/ILS Aquatic Rescue and Safety Certification Toronto Canada

August 28–29, 2021
Toronto, ON

Surf and SUP instructors will be introduced to safe supervision and programming delivery in flat water, moving water, and/or surf.  This training has been specifically designed to provide candidates with an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education including; judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. This course brings together knowledge from several different organizations including the Lifesaving Society, the standard setting body for lifeguarding in Canada and member of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS), and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
(Course content breakdown 30% drylands, 70% in water)  
ILS/ISA Aquatic Rescue Course Canada


Upon the successful completion of the course candidates will receive the following certifications: 

Note: The ISA/ILS International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Accreditation is a prerequisite to becoming a certified Surf and/or SUP Instructor with the International Surfing Association. The Lifesaving Society's Bronze Cross is the prerequisite to becoming a professional lifeguard in Canada. 


ILS/ISA Aquatic Rescue Course Canada

An overview of some of the skills that will be covered over the course include:

  • Aquatic First Aid
  • Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals, and with partners in an aquatic setting 
  • How to safely delivery aquatic programs in cold water climates
  • Cold Water Survival  as individuals, and with partners  
  • Develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to safely deliver surf and sup programming.   
  • Ladder Approach
  • Defences and Releases
  • Surf/SUP Specific Rescues
  • Communicating Effectively on the Water
  • Spinal Injury Management (Dry and Wet)
  • Entries and Removals 
  • Identify Someone in Need
ILS/ISA Aquatic Rescue Canada

Cost: CAD$499.00 (Includes  $125 ISA/ILS award/fee and $75 BC/BM fees and course materials) 
Location: Cherry Beach, Toronto
Instructor Ratio: 1:10
Candidates must provide a copy of their Standard First Aid award upon registration. 
Course co-hosted with Toronto SUP & Kayak.

A standard first aid can be attained though a variety of different providers in the Toronto area including: 

The course is limited to 16 participants. Registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

ILS/ISA Aquatic Rescue Course Canada

About the Course Presenter:

Sean Nickerson has been lifeguarding and teaching for 22 years across Canada, Australia, and the United States. He began as a swimmer, which lead him to the sport of lifesaving, and eventually to become a paddler (Stand Up Paddler and Outrigger). Sean has coached swimming and lifesaving for more than 15 years and has represented Canada internationally as an athlete, coach, and official. For the past 15 winters, he can be found in Hawaii certifying Canadian lifeguards on Hawaii's infamous North Shore. 

About the Organization:

Waterman5 is a culmination of 20 years of experience across a diversity of different aquatic sports. In 2019 we are happy to be celebrating our 20th anniversary as a business that has been providing Canadian's with aquatic and first aid training and certification through our delivery partners the Lifesaving Society and Paddle Canada. We specialize in cold water environment including surf, moving water, and providing aquatic safety management for aquatic sporting events. We have had the opportunity to work with some great organization over the year's including the International Triathlon Union (ITU), Swim Natation Canada, (SNC), and the Canada Games.

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