Lifeguarding

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Red Cross Participant-Level Lifeguard Courses

Assistant Lifeguard Course
This is a prerequisite course to the professional lifeguard certification that teaches knowledge and practice of first aid, rescue skills, lifeguarding skills, safe behaviours, and how to be part of an elite team. This ensures youth are trained in prevention of injuries, not just in how to respond to them.
 
Candidates with a Bronze Cross certification (current or expired) and who are 14 years of age or older on the last day of the course can take a 4.5-hour Assistant Lifeguard Transfer course and complete a 2-hour observation assignment to complete their Assistant Lifeguard Course certification.
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Pool Lifeguard Course
This course offers professional lifeguard certification for pools and builds confident lifeguards to create safe, supervised aquatic areas. The course prepares lifeguards to prevent and respond to lifeguard emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams and handle public relations in a professional manner. Candidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria and complete final skills and knowledge assessments.
 
Candidates with a current National Lifeguard (NL) Pool certification and Standard First Aid with CPR Level C or equivalent certification only need to take a 12-hour Pool Lifeguard Transfer course to become certified as a Red Cross Pool Lifeguard.
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Waterfront Lifeguard Course
This course offers professional lifeguard certification and prepares lifeguards to create safe, supervised aquatic areas for the waterfront environment. The course prepares lifeguards to prevent and respond to lifeguard emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams, and handle public relations in a professional manner. Candidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria and complete final skills and knowledge assessments.
 
Candidates with a current National Lifeguard (NL) Waterfront certification and Standard First Aid with CPR Level C or equivalent certification only need to take a 12-hour Waterfront Lifeguard Transfer course to become certified as a Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard.
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Red Cross Instructor Development Program

Assistant Lifeguard Instructor Course
This course prepares Red Cross Water Safety Instructors to teach the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard course.
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Pool Lifeguard Instructor Course
This course prepares candidates to teach the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard and Red Cross Pool Lifeguard courses.
 
Candidates with a National Lifeguard Lifesaving Society Pool Lifeguard Instructor or American Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Instructor certification can take the Canadian Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Instructor Transfer course to become certified as a Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Instructor.
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Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor
This course prepares candidates to teach the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard and
Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard courses.
 
Candidates with a National Lifeguard Lifesaving Society Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor or American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor can take the Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor Transfer course to become certified as a Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor.
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Pool or Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
A Pool or Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor Trainer candidate may follow a mentorship process or complete a course with a current Pool or Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor Trainer.
 
Call 1.877.356.3226 for more information!
This program is not available in BC and Quebec.