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Lifesaving & Swim Certifications

Classes are both in and out of the pool. Depending on the course, there may be written study material, theory and sessions on practical application. You'll be expected to show water proficiency, learn recognition and rescue techniques, and tain in CPR and/or First Aid skills. 

Come prepared:

  • Participants must wear swim wear and bring a towel. Swim goggles are optional. All other required equipment and lifejackets are provided. Lifeguard on duty on pool deck.

Junior Lifesaving Club: kids & teens


Kids and teens will increase their swimming ability and be introduced to lifesaving skills, through in-water and pool deck activities.

Age: 8 - 17 years

Bronze Star


Bronze Star is the 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 with partners. They learn CPR and develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes CPR A. Prerequisite: 12 years and older.

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 defense 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 prior to the last day of the course. 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 Intermediate 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.

Bronze Cross - Recertification


This course is designed for lifesavers who have an expired Bronze Cross Award. This course covers updated water rescue techniques, CPR skills and knowledge, and includes an exam. Prerequisite: Previously held a Bronze Cross Award. Proof of prerequisite will be requested on the day of this course. This course requires 100% attendance and participation to complete.

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: 15 years old and current Bronze Cross or higher. Apprenticeship: In course. Certification Currency: two years from the date of certification.

Lifesaving/Swim for Life Instructor - Recertification


This is a recertification course for the Lifesaving/Swim for Life® Instructor Award. Prerequisites: Swim for Life® 2015 Mandatory update and First Aid and Resuscitation Content 2016 mandatory update/2021 Bronze update. Proof of prerequisites will be requested on the day of the course.

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 Intermediate First Aid and minimum 15 years of age.

National Lifeguard - Recertification


This is a recertification course for the National Lifeguard Award. Proof of prerequisite will be requested on the day of course.

Swim Patrol: Ranger - kids & teens


Kids and teens will increase their capabilities in the water and first aid knowledge with this pre-Bronze program. They will work on stride entries, underwater somersaults, lifesaving eggbeater kicks, meeting a 200 metre timed swim, ABC first aid and victim recognition.

Age: 8 - 17 years

Swim Patrol: Rookie - kids & teens


Kids and teens will increase their individual fitness levels and swimming skills, as well as continue to learn first aid skills in this pre-Bronze program. They will work on meeting a timed 100 metre and 350 metre workout, swimming with clothes on, conducting primary assessments and initiating first aid skills and victim recognition.

Age: 8 - 17 years

Swim Patrol: Rookie, Ranger & Star - kids & teens


This pre-Bronze program will help to prepare your kid/teen for the Bronze Star. This program has three modules that will focus on water proficiency, first aid skills and recognition and rescue techniques. Skills learned include timed and endurance swims, swimming with clothes on, Water Smart® behaviour, rescue skills and first aid performance.

Age: 8 - 17 years

Swim Patrol: Ranger & Star - kids & teens


This pre-Bronze program will enhance kids and teens in-water skills, first aid skills and recognition and rescue knowledge. They will work on meeting timed and endurance swim requirements, refining swim strokes and first aid performance.

Age: 8 - 17 years

Swim Patrol: Star - kids & teens


Kids and teens who are excellent swimmers will be prepared for the Bronze Star award in this swimming class. They will learn lifesaving and first aid skills, refine front and back crawl and breaststroke, complete 600 metre workouts and 300 metre timed swims.

Age: 8 - 17 years