Guelph’s Leadership Aquatic program for high school students

Hey, students and parents! Check this out.

The Leadership Aquatic program, a partnership between the City and Upper Grand District School Board, is designed for high school students who want to receive the necessary training to become employed as a lifeguard and/or swim instructor. Students enrolled in the program also receive an aquatic physical education credit (course code PAQ402) and a recreation and healthy active leadership credit (course code PLF4M2) towards their high school diploma.


The program is an opportunity for students to receive lifelong leadership and valuable job skills. Students in the program provide water safety education and conduct swimming lessons by volunteering with elementary school children.

At the end of the semester, students are job ready and can attend a hiring screening offered by the City. The screening process identifies newly-trained lifeguard and swim instructors for potential part-time employment with the City’s Aquatics division.


The Leadership Aquatic program is offered at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute. However, the program is open to any student from any high school within the Upper Grand District School Board. Students do not have to change their home school to take the program. Registration for the program is done at the main office at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, located at 289 College Avenue West.

The course fee is $100. However, the certifications (e.g. Standard First Aid, National Lifeguard and Swim Instructors, etc.) obtained are valued at more than $900.

The program begins September 2018 and ends January 2019. Sign up today!

For more information

Ariel Ricketts
Recreation Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 x 2603

Colleen Craig
Physical Education Department
Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute