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Becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Water Safety Instructor Course:

Dates/Times:         September 30 and November 17-19

Cost:                      $398.00

Pre-requisites: 15 years or older by course date

       Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard, Emergency First Aid or higher, or Bronze Cross (certifications do not need to be current)

       Perform the water safety skills and strokes to meet the highest level of performance criteria in the Red Cross Swim Kids program

This is now a one step certification to becoming a Water Safety Instructor.  There are 4 components to this course:

Information Session & Skills Evaluation -  September 30

Online Module - To be completed on the candidate's own time, between September 30 & November 17th.  Includes 15 online modules and workbook assignments (approximately 15 - 20 hours total).

Co-Teaches - Can be completed between the completion of the online module and the end of the course.  Head Lifeguard Instructor/Course instructor will help the candidate arrange this.

Classroom & Pool - November 17-19


Water Safety Instructor Recertification:

Dates:   TBA

Cost:     TBA

Prerequisites: Water Safety Instructor Certification, current or expired within the past 5 years.

The WSI Re-certification is designed to ensure quality and standards are maintained in the field. Re-certification provides the opportunity for Water Safety Instructors to share ideas, review skills and address areas of challenge. Re-certification course content is refreshed every 2 years based on feedback and trends.


Becoming a Lifesaving Society Lifeguard

Bronze Cross with Lifesaving Standard First Aid

Dates:                   August 21-25

Cost:                      $245.00

Prerequisites:    Current or expired Bronze Medallion certification             

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.  Bronze Cross teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, and teamwork.  Lifesavers learn the skills involved in the rescue of a victim with a spinal injury, the rescue of a pulseless victim, and the rescue of a victim with deteriorating circumstances.  Bronze Cross is a prerequisite to National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Instructor courses.  Bronze Cross is the stepping stone for all of the Lifesaving Society‚Äôs advanced training programs in lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership. 


National Lifeguard Award

Dates:    September 23 & 24 9:00am-6:00pm

               October 7, 8, 14 & 15 9:00am-6:00pm

Cost:      $386.00

Prerequisites: Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid/CPR C, these can be current or expired.

The National Lifeguard certification is Canada's professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard's role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400 m endurance challenge.

National Lifeguard training is designed for lifesavers who wish to obtain a responsible job and leadership experience. Successful candidates are certified by the Lifesaving Society - Canada's lifeguarding experts.


National Lifeguard Recertification

Date:  TBA

Cost:   TBA

Prerequisites: National Lifeguard Award, current or expired within the past 5 years.

The purpose of a National Lifeguard recertification is to reconfirm that National Lifeguards can perform at the NL standard. You should practice with your coworkers and on your own regularly. At the exam, you will show the examiner a number of mandatory skills, explained in detail in the National Lifeguard Award Guide


Becoming a Red Cross Lifeguard

Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard

Date:  July 24-28 OR August 8-11

Cost:  $199.50