Lifesaving Leadership Courses
Register for a lifesaving leadership course
The Lifesaving Society provides a fun and challenging progression of lifesaving training programs.
Our certification courses help you develop advanced water rescue skills and will qualify you to be a lifeguard teach or coach.
AGE 10Y +
Bronze Star is a pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn CPR and develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes CPR A and AED.
Bronze Medallion & CPR-C
Prerequisites: Bronze Star or 13 years of age
*NEW!* Bronze Medallion is now offered with CPR-C.
The Bronze Medallion Award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and defence and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Includes CPR A and AED. Canadian Lifesaving Manual and exam fees are included! Swimming ability should be at I Can Swim Stage 3, Lifesaving Society Swimmer 6 or Red Cross Swim Kids 10.
Standard First Aid CPR-C & AED
Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. This course is for those who want an in-depth understanding of first aid such as: medical/legal aspects, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C certification.
Participants in workplace first aid programs are required to achieve 70% or higher on a written exam to receive certification.
Lifesaving Standard First Aid is Government of Alberta approved.
Bronze Cross (Assistant Lifeguard)
Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion (need not be current), current Alberta workplace Standard First Aid
**NEW: Bronze Cross is now Assistant Lifeguard. Prerequisites now require a current Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid and course length is now 20 hours.
Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.. Exam fees & Materials are included!
Prerequisites: Bronze Cross, current Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid, and a minimum of 16 years of age.
*Important!* Aquatic Emergency Care is no longer offered with National Lifeguard due Standard First Aid now being a prerequisite for Bronze Cross.
The primary role of the National Lifeguard is the prevention of emergency situations and the timely and effective resolution of emergencies. The National Lifeguard certification prepares lifeguards to fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatic activities in a pool setting. The National Lifeguard program develops the basic lifeguarding skills, principles and decision-making process to help lifeguards evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies. Manual and exam fees are included!
National Lifeguard Recertification
The Lifesaving Society is pleased to release a National Lifeguard Pool Recertification Guide that can be downloaded from the website: www.lifesaving.org. The guide is designed as a resource for candidates to prepare and familiarize with the items covered in a National Lifeguard recertification. Certification is based on the ability to meet the purpose statements and ALL performance criteria (Must Sees). Candidates are encouraged to practice skills and review knowledge to prepare for the recertification course. Ongoing training and maintaining an appropriate level of fitness is important to being able to lifeguard effectively.
Swim & Lifesaving Instructor
Prerequisites: 16 years old and Bronze Cross or higher
The Lifesaving Swim Instructor Course focuses on preparing the instructor to teach and evaluate basic movement and swimming skills, strokes and fitness. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching and acquire proven teaching methods, a variety of skill and stroke development drills and corrections techniques. Lifesaving Swim Instructors are trained to teach and evaluate the parent and tot, preschool and swimmer levels.
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 and Northwest Territories includes Advanced Instructor, Examination Standards Clinic, and Lifesaving CPR Instructor/Examiner certifications.
Swim & Lifesaving Instructor Recertification
Prerequisites: Mandatory Up-dates (Swim for Life 2015 Mandatory Up-date and First Aid and Resuscitation Content 2016 Mandatory Up-date)
The Swim/Lifesaving Instructor Recertification Course evaluates instructor skills, provides instructors with updates from the Lifesaving Society, will be an opportunity for instructors to give feedback to the Lifesaving Society and is the required component for lifesaving instructor and swim instructor recertification. There is an in-water portion.
Note: Lifesaving Instructors and Lifesaving Swim Instructors can attend this recertification. It also automatically recertifies your Lifesaving CPR Instructor Award, and any Lifesaving Education and Proficiency awards you hold.
National Lifeguard Instructor Clinic
Prerequisites: 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 certifications programs is recommended.
The National Lifeguard Instructor/Examiner Clinic prepares candidates to teach and evaluate National Lifeguard courses. Candidates learn specific strategies designed to train lifeguards in advanced rescue techniques, public relations issues, and first aid, as well as how to present material that will prepare lifeguards for any major aspect of supervising the public in an aquatic setting. Candidates are required to complete an apprenticeship after the clinic.
Fall Program Registration dates:
Members: July 17, 2023
Non-Members: July 31, 2023
Winter Program Registration dates:
Members: November 13, 2023
Non-Members: November 27, 2023
Spring & Summer Program Registration dates:
Members: February 12, 2024
Non-Members: February 26, 2024
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