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Bronze Medallion

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 and 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 C and AED. Prerequisite: Bronze Star or 13 years old. This course requires 100% attendance and participation to complete.

Bronze Cross

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 is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor Certification. Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion Award and a current Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid Certification. Proof of prerequisite will be requested on the first day of this course. This course requires 100% attendance and participation to complete. Please bring your manual used in Bronze Medallion.

Fitness Alberta Aquatic Exercise Certification Course

This is a Fitness Alberta (AFLCA) certification course. Learn the components necessary to teach water workouts. This is a required course to become a certified Aquatic Fitness Instructor.

Fitness Alberta - Foundations in Physical Activity & Exercise Course

The Fitness Alberta foundations in physical activity and exercise course (formerly exercise theory course) covers basic fitness principles such as anatomy, physiology, movement mechanics, training and conditioning, nutrition and leadership.

Fitness Alberta - Fitness for the Older Adult Certification Course

This certification course provides an overview of the changes that occur in the body as it ages and the necessary considerations to plan and deliver group fitness classes for older adults of all fitness levels.

Fitness Alberta - Group Exercise Fundamentals Certification Course

This Fitness Alberta (AFLCA) certification course covers the fundamentals of instructing group fitness classes. It is a required course to become a certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Fitness Alberta - Portable Equipment Designation

This 8 hour practical Fitness Alberta (AFLCA) certification combines with the Group Fitness Fundamentals course to provide the skills you need to plan and develop safe and effective fitness classes utilizing portable equipment.

First Aid - Lifesaving Standard First Aid/AED & CPR C - Recertification

This is a recertification course for Standard First Aid/AED and CPR C awards. Current, non-expired certification must be presented to the instructor on the first day of the course. Prerequisite: a current, non-expired Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid certification.

First Aid - Lifesaving Standard First Aid/AED/CPR-C

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 and AED certification. Certification is valid three years from the date of certification. Prerequisite: 12 years and older.


LEAD is the City of Calgary's youth leadership program. Participants will make new friends, learn new skills and discover how they can make a difference. Help kids become tomorrow's leaders!

LEAD 2.0

LEAD 2.0 is The City’s next step leadership program for youth.


LEAD is The City of Calgary's leadership certification program. Develop and practice leadership skills while earning credibility, recognition and opportunities at school, work and in the community. Participants are required to complete 20 hours of practicum experience. Make a difference, and dare to LEAD!

Junior Lifesaving Club

In the pool and on the deck, this program provides challenges in an energetic learning environment. Youth will develop skills in swimming, lifesaving, fitness, knowledge, leadership, and teamwork. Community involvement and competition can also be part of the program. Swimming 25-metre and treading water for two minutes are prerequisites.

Lifesaving/Swim for Life Instructor

This certification allows candidates to teach and evaluate Swim for Life programs, Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. Completion of this course also includes Lifesaving CPR Instructor certification. Prerequisite: 16 years old and current Bronze Cross or higher. Apprenticeship: In course. Certification Currency: two years from the date of certification.

National Lifeguard

The Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard certification builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge, fitness, judgment and values taught in the prerequisite Bronze Cross award. Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, current Standard First Aid and minimum 16 years of age.

Youth Skillz

Do you want to earn training certificates and build your resume? Want to dive deeper into employable skills and discover ways to set yourself apart from the rest? Join our free youth program to learn about working with children in your community, and using your skills to have fun. If you are 13 to 16 years old, this program is for you. This is a pre-registered, in-person program, being offered in an outdoor setting.