Become a Lifeguard and/or Instructor
You can become an Instructor or Lifeguard by completing either of the following two programs:
- The Canadian Red Cross Program or the Canadian Lifesaving Society Program
Canadian Red Cross Program
||Prerequisites: 15 years of age and Level 10||A pre-requisite course for the professional lifeguard certification that teaches injury prevention, teamwork, basic rescues and lifeguard skills.|
15 years of age and one of:
Bronze Cross and CPR-C/Standard First-Aid
|Professional lifeguard certification course for individuals working at pools.|
|Water Safety Instructor
15 years of age and:
Assistant Lifeguard or CPR-C/Standard First Aid or Bronze Cross
|The course to prepares candidate to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs.|
Canadian Lifesaving Society Program
(Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross)
|Bronze classes prepare participants who are wishing to become Lifeguards for the National Lifeguard Award (NLA)|
Prerequisites: Level 10 or Star Patrol (offered as apart of the Beginner Junior Lifeguard Club)
|The pre-Bronze Medallion training standard|
Prerequisite: 13 years of age or Bronze Star
|Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education|
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion
|National Lifeguard Award (NLA)||Prerequisite: 15 years of age and Bronze Cross and CPR-C/Standard First-Aid||Prepares participants who are wishing to become Lifeguards for the National Lifeguard Service (NLS).|
Instructor/Advanced Instructor/Exam Standards (LSI)
|Prerequisites: 15 years of age and Bronze Cross or NLA|
The WSI course is designed to provide candidates with the proper knowledge and skills to teach swimming and water safety while promoting water-safe attitudes in, on and around the water. This course will provide you with instructional knowledge and theories on topics including teaching methods, learning styles, swimming skills, communication, safety supervision, injury prevention, and feedback. The course will include a WSI – Skills Evaluation, WSI – Online, WSI – Teaching Experience, and WSI Classroom and Pool Components.
Must be 15 years old and have completed ONE of: Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard, CPR-C/Standard First Aid, or Bronze Cross. ALL candidates will be required to demonstrate skills and strokes to the Level 10 standard.
A pre-requisite course for the professional lifeguard certification that teaches injury prevention, teamwork, basic rescues and lifeguard skills. Candidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria. Certification is valid for two years.
Must be 12 years old and have completed Swim Kids 10.
Professional lifeguard certification course for individuals working at pools. The course prepares deck-ready lifeguards to prevent and respond to lifeguard emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams, and handle public relations in a professional manner. The candidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria and complete a final skills and knowledge assessment. Certification is valid for two years.
Must be 15 years old, completed the Assistant Lifeguard Program or Bronze Cross AND CPR-C/ Standard First-Aid.
A 12-hour program for those who have a National Lifeguard Award (NLA) looking to acquire the Red Cross Lifeguard Award.
The Canadian Swim Patrol Program involves Rookie, Ranger and Star. The University of Saskatchewan Aquatics Program offers Rookie, Ranger and Star through the Junior Lifeguard Club. This program provides enriched training for children who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim and leads into the Bronze Family Program.
The Bronze Family Program consists of Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. This program is designed for swimmers who are looking to further enhance their lifesaving knowledge and skills for a variety of situations. Bronze classes prepare participants who are wishing to become Lifeguards for the National Lifeguard Award (NLA).
Those wishing to take Bronze Medallion must be 13 years of age or have Bronze Star. Those wishing to take Bronze Cross must have Bronze Medallion.
People who are looking to lifeguard at swimming pools, water parks and lakefronts must have their NLA certification. This program focuses on the legal obligations of lifeguards, team work, advanced emergency care in aquatic emergencies and spinal immobilization.
Candidates wishing to take NLA must be 16 years of age, have previously taken Bronze Cross and have a CPR-C/Standard First-Aid certification.
The Lifesaving Instructor Program is an instructor training program that enables successful candidates to instruct the Swim Program, Canadian Swim Patrol Program and the Bronze Family Program. This course also includes examiner standards which enables the candidate to eventually examine their own classes after apprenticing other exams.
Candidates taking Lifesaving Instructor must have a Bronze Cross or NLA and be 16 years of age.
This 20 hour program provides certification in CPR-C/Standard First-Aid. Information covers the following: The EMS system, Check, Call, Care, Airway Emergencies, Breathing & Circulation Emergencies, First-Aid for Respiratory and Cardiac Emergencies, Head & Spine Injuries, Wound Care, Sudden Medical Emergencies, Environmental Emergencies.
The full First-Aid and CPR instructor course is a 40 hour program including demonstration of skills. Upon completion of the core component of the course there is a practice teaching component to be completed and then the candidate is able to teach the Pupil Level CPR/AED/First-Aid award. Candidate must be 18 years of age and have a proof of a current Standard First-Aid and CPR-C.
The second format to reach certification is a First-Aid Instructor Transfer Course and is 16 hours in length including demonstration of skills PLUS completion of a study guide. Upon completion of the core component of the course there is a practice teaching component to be completed and then the candidate is able to teach the Pupil Level CPR/First-Aid award. Candidate must be 18 years of age, and have a current CPR-C certification, and ONE of the following: Proof of current First- Aid instructor with another organization, CPR instructor with another organization, Red Cross WSI certification, Red Cross First-Aid instructor whose certification has been expired for two years or more, but less than seven years, or a teacher with an education degree and teaching experience. Upon completion of the core component of the course there is a practice teaching component to be completed and then the candidate is able to teach the Pupil Level CPR/First-Aid award.
Have your previous Lifeguard and/or Instructor awards expired? There are easy renewal options available to get back on deck.
Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Award – Must be recertified every 2 years to be current OR must have completed the course since 1996.
Canadian Rec Cross Lifeguard Award - Must be recertified every 2 years to be current OR have completed the course within the last 5 years.
Canadian Red Cross CPR/Standard First Aid – Must be recertified every 3 years. Once the original recertified award has expired, you must
Canadian Lifesaving Society – National Lifeguard Award – Must be recertified every 2 years in order to use as a lifeguarding award.
The Lifesaving Society at 306-780-9255
The Red Cross at 1-877-356-3226
Swimming Pool Operators Course
This course will be of interest to all persons involved in daily operation or maintenance of a swimming pool. The course covers various types of pool filters, pool water chemistry and swimming pool disinfection.