Training & Leadership

Online Youth Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer with the District of West Vancouver! Are you over 14 years of age and below 19 years and have a BC Services Card with Personal Health Number? If yes, you are welcome to register for our online volunteer orientation at activewestvanrec.ca, or by calling 604-925-7270. After you register, you will receive an email with a link to the online orientation which consists of a video with important information, followed by a quiz. This is not an automatic process, so there could be a delay of up to 2 to 3 days before you receive the link to the video. Once you complete the online orientation, we will be in touch regarding next steps. Please note that you will also need to do a free in-person orientation after COVID restrictions end. We look forward to having you on board!

Register for Online Youth Volunteer Orientation


Red Cross Babysitter's Course

Get the skills needed to become a babysitter! Learn basic supervision and emergency procedure in a hands-on course designed for youth who are home alone or responsible for other children. 100% attendance and successful completion of a final quiz are required to pass the course.

Register for Red Cross Babysitter's Course


Swim: Bronze Medallion

Gain an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue - education, judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Learn tows and carries along with defense and release methods in preparation for rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types, and develop stroke efficiency in a timed swim. 100% attendance is mandatory. No refund after start date. You will receive a schedule on the first day of the course. Prerequisite: Must be 13 years old or hold Bronze Star.

Register for Swim: Bronze Medallion


Swim: Bronze Cross

Are you a lifesaver looking for the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities? Bronze Cross was designed with you in mind, and is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Instructor certifications. 100% attendance is mandatory. No refund after start date. You will receive a schedule on the first day of the course. Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion.

Register for Swim: Bronze Cross


Swim: NL Pool (National Lifeguard)

Take your first step towards becoming a certified lifeguard. Prerequisite: You must be 15 years old, hold a Bronze Cross (does not need to be current) and a Standard First Aid/CPR C/AED award (must be current).

Register for Swim: NL Pool (National Lifeguard)


Swim: NL Waterpark

Continue your lifeguard training with NL Waterpark! Learn to deal with the challenges of the waterpark environment including waves, waterslide and multiple pools. Prerequisite: You must be 15 years old and hold a current NL pool option award.

Register for Swim: NL Waterpark


Swim: Water Safety Instructor Recert

Do you teach swim lessons? Is your Water Safety Instructor current? Awards must be recertified every 2 years.

Register for Swim: Water Safety Instructor Recert


Swim:Standard First Aid/CPR C/AED

Learn about airway breathing and circulation problems for an adult, child and infant plus injuries due to heat and cold, fractures, bleeding, burns, poisons, medical conditions, bone and joint injuries and head and spinal injuries. This is a prerequisite for the NL program. Also includes CPR C and AED. This course will be deemed equivalent to Worksafe Occupational Level 1 First Aid.

Register for Swim: Standard First Aid/CPR C/AED