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Advanced Lifesaving

Please view the COVID-19 requirements - General Pool Use

Steps to becoming a Lifeguard:

1. Bronze Star / Swim Kids 10
2. Bronze Medallion ~ (Must be 13 years of age)
3. Bronze Cross
4. Aquatic Emergency Care or Standard First Aid with CPR level C and AED
5. National Lifeguard   - Pool Award (must be 16 years of age by the end of the course)

Bronze Star

Develop your problem-solving, Water Smart and decision– making skills with this program!

Prerequisite: None


  •  July 20th - 24th, 2020 - 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Cost: $75.00

Bronze Medallion

Continue your lifeguard training in this class, where you will learn waterfront search skills, first aid skills and contact rescues.

Prerequisite: 13 years of age


  • July 27th to 31st, 2020 - 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Cost: $145.00

Bronze Cross

Water spinals, submerged victim rescues, team rescue skills and treatment of complex injuries are taught in this level.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion


  • August 4th to 7th, 2020 - 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Cost: $140.00

Standard First Aid/ Aquatic Emergency Care

Take your lifesaving training to the next level! If you are planning to be a professional lifeguard or looking for more comprehensive first aid and lifesaving training, Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) will give you the edge. AEC provides hands-on training in the care of injuries and illness common to both aquatic and non-aquatic settings.


  • August 7th - 9th, 2020 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Friday), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Cost: $165.00

Standard First Aid/Aquatic Emergency Care Re-Certification


  • July 14th, 2020 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Cost: $79.00

National Lifeguard

National Lifeguards guards are always in training to keep their skills, knowledge and fitness sharp. They are required to keep other important certifications such as CPR and first aid up-to-date. Some are trained in advanced treatments like using oxygen or in the use of specialized equipment like defibrillators and personal watercraft. National Lifeguard is Canada's only nationally recognized lifeguard certification program.

Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age. Bronze Cross certification and a current Standard First Aid certification from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross


  • August 17th to 21st, 2020 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $300.00


  • July 13th, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • July 14th, 2020 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • August 24th, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Cost: $75.00

National Lifeguard Instructor Clinic

National Lifeguard Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the National Lifeguard Pool, Waterpark, Waterfront and Surf programs. The National Lifeguard Instructor course prepares Instructors to apply level 3 leadership competencies and strategies while teaching and evaluating

Prerequisite(s): Current National Lifeguard (any option), Lifesaving Instructor (need not be current), National Lifeguard (any option) held for a minimum of two (2) years. Experience teaching Lifesaving Society certification programs is recommended

Apprenticeship: After course. Apply to apprentice on original National Lifeguard course (Pool or Waterfront option). Note: Instructors must hold current candidate award in the option they complete apprenticeship in

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed as National Lifeguard Examiners by the Branch and may certify candidates in in the options which they hold a candidate level award in (need not be current).


  • August 4th to 5th, 2020 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: $275.00


  • July 17th, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lifesaving Instructor

Lifesaving Instructors/ Examiners are trained to teach and evaluate the three Canadian Swim Patrol Program awards, as well as the Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and Distinction certifications. Instructor/ Examiner candidates are trained in aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach water rescue, first aid, and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation.

The Lifesaving Instructor/ Examiner certification is the prerequisite for all other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications. Certification in Alberta & Northwest Territories includes Advanced Instructor, Examination Standards Clinic, and Lifesaving CPR Instructor/ Examiner certifications.  

Prerequisites: 16 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross or NL certification (need not be current).


  • TBD

Cost: $275.00


  • July 17th, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Cost: $71.50

First Aid Instructor Course

First Aid Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Lifesaving Society CPR, Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Aquatic Emergency Care, CPR-HCP, and Oxygen Administration programs. The First Aid Instructor course prepares Instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies while teaching and evaluating.

Prerequisites: Lifesaving Instructor and current Lifesaving Standard First Aid or Government of Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed as First Aid Examiners by the Branch and may certify candidates in courses which they hold a current candidate award.


  • August 25th, 2020 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cost: $275.00

Advanced Red Cross Programs (Water Safety Instructor)

Part 1: Water Safety Instructor Course – Skills Evaluation, Online & Teaching Experience

The skills evaluation ensures candidates have the necessary water safety skills, strokes, and Instructor Emergency Response (IER) skills equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids 10 performance criteria. As a result of the extensive research conducted, one of the most significant aspects of the revised program will be the transition of in-person learning to combined online and in-person training. This blended learning solution will put the Canadian Red Cross’ Water Safety Instructor Development Program in line with a new approach to learning: the flipped classroom. According to the Khan Academy, the flipped classroom allows the learner to learn at his or her own speed—focusing on what is important and how it connects to them—online before arriving at the pool. This ensures the transfer of knowledge will occur in an environment the learner controls: time, reviews, additional opportunities to research, and reflection. The in-person component then builds on the topics covered online. Another significant change is the teaching experience. The teaching experience takes place following the online learning and prior to the in-person component. The decision to complete the teaching experience prior to the in-person course achieves the following outcomes:

Candidates have first-hand experience observing real progressions and swimmer skills with a mix of personalities in the same class.

Candidates have a frame of reference to reflect on and link to the theory of the course.


  • July 15th to 17th, 2020 - 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Cost: $235.00


  • July 10th, 2020 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $95.00

Part 2: Water Safety Instructor Course – Classroom and Pool

This component follows the teaching experience and furthers instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan, teach, and evaluate the Red Cross Swim Programs. This is where we consolidate candidates’ knowledge and experience from the online and teaching experience components so they are ready to take on their first Red Cross Swim Program. Here the candidates will also complete a variety of practice-teaching exercises teaching their peer candidates. If available the practice-teaching exercises can also be conducted using actual swimmers in an existing program.


  • August 10th to 14th, 2020 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cost: $215.00