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, instructor or coach.
Bronze Star develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport.
Pre-requisite: None (Swim Patrol experience is recommended)
Bronze Medallion & CPR-C
Lifesaving CPR-C (Adult/Child/Infant) and Bronze Medallion are now offered together!
Lifesaving CPR-C (Adult/Child/Infant)
Covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adult, child, and infant casualties, including two-rescuer CPR skills. CPR-C includes an introduction to the purpose of an AED and how they are used.
Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.
Pre-requisites: Bronze Star or 13 years of age
Bronze Cross (Assistant Lifeguard)
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.
Pre-requisite: Bronze Medallion (need not be current) and current Alberta workplace approved Intermediate First Aid
Intermediate First Aid
Intermediate 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 Intermediate First Aid is Government of Alberta and Government of Northwest Territories workplace approved.
The Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard certification builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge, fitness, judgment, and values taught in the prerequisite Lifesaving Society lifesaving certifications. National Lifeguard Pool trains lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a pool environment.
Pre-requisite: Bronze Cross (need not be current), current Alberta workplace approved Intermediate First Aid, and minimum 15 years of age at the time of the exam.
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
Swim Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Swim for Life® and Canadian Swim Patrol programs. The Swim Instructor course prepares Instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies while teaching and evaluating.
Lifesaving Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Medals, Distinction, Boat Rescue and Lifesaving Society CPR programs. Lifesaving Instructor certification is the prerequisite for other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications. Certification in Alberta and Northwest Territories includes CPR Instructor certification. The Lifesaving Instructor course prepares Instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies while teaching and evaluating.
Pre-requisite: 15 years old and Bronze Cross or higher
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.
Lifesaving Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Medals, Distinction, Boat Rescue and Lifesaving Society CPR programs. The Lifesaving Instructor course prepares Instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies while teaching and evaluating. Lifesaving Instructor certification is the prerequisite for other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications. Certification in Alberta and Northwest Territories includes CPR Instructor certification.
Pre-requisite: 15 years old and Swim Instructor
Fall Program Registration dates:
Members: July 17, 2023
Non-Members: July 24, 2023
Winter Program Registration dates:
Members: November 13, 2023
Non-Members: November 20, 2023
Spring & Summer Program Registration dates:
Members: February 12, 2024
Non-Members: February 20, 2024
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