Swimming and Water Safety Professional Development Opportunities

  The Canadian Red Cross offers a number of training opportunities each year. The following opportunities are offered directly by the Canadian Red Cross. To search for courses such as WSI, Lifeguarding or First Aid/CPR in your area, please visit www.redcross.ca/findacourse or click on the “Find a Course in Your Area” button on the right side of this page.Select the course you are interested in to view details and the schedule of course dates.

How to Register for Professional Development Courses

Online: Please click on the Course Number link or visit www.redcross.ca/findacourse to search and register for these courses.
By phone: Please call 1-877-356-3226.

Important Notes
  • WSIT course registration will close four weeks prior to the course start date
  • Candidates are required to bring copies of the prerequisite certification(s) to the course. The course facilitator will check prerequisites at the beginning of each course.

Water Safety Instructor Trainer Course

1. WSIT—Online – 4–6 hours
2. WSIT—Classroom – 18 hours
3. WSIT—Teaching Experience – 1 WSI Course
 

Prerequisites:

  • Current WSI and 18 years or older.
  • Successful completion of the WSI—Skills Evaluation (demonstrated, evaluated and WSI—Skills Evaluation Worksheet signed off by current WSIT within 3 months prior to attending the WSIT—Classroom).
  • Minimum of 2 years’ teaching experience with Red Cross Swim programs.
  • Pre-course assignment as assigned by the MIT.

Description:

The Water Safety Instructor Trainer (WSIT) Course is designed to prepare candidates to teach the Water Safety Instructor (WSI), Water Safety Instructor Transfer, and Water Safety Instructor Recertification Courses.

Post-course Requirements: Within 1 year from certification, complete WSIT—Teaching Experience on a minimum of 1 Red Cross WSI Course, including the WSI—Skills Evaluation component.

Certification:

2-year certification maximum (WSI certification is also automatically renewed). Certifications expire on December 31st of every odd-numbered year.

Schedule:

City, Province Dates Times Course Number Price
Ottawa, ON August 18th – 20th Friday August 18th 5:00pm-9:00pm                 Saturday August 19th  9:00am-5:00pm            Sunday August 20th  9:00am-5:00pm 30815886
 
$300
Port Coquitlam, BC August 25-27, 2017 Monday August 28th  9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday August 29th  9:00am-5:00pm Wednesday August 30th  9:00am-5:00pm 
30889128 $300
Leduc, AB August 28-30th, 2017 Monday August 28th  9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday August 29th  9:00am-5:00pm Wednesday August 30th  9:00am-5:00pm 
30815888 $300
Brantford, ON August 29-31st, 2017 Tuesday August 29 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday August 30 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday August 31 9:00 am-1:00 pm
30815891 $300
Prince George, BC September 1-3rd, 2017 Friday September 1st 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday September 2nd 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday September 3rd 9:00am-5:00pm 30815892 $300
Winnipeg, MB September 15-17th, 2017 Friday September 15 5:00-9:00 Saturday September 16 9:00-5:00 Sunday September 17 9:00-5:00 30815893 $300
Burnaby, BC September 22-24th, 2017 Friday September 22nd 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday September 23rd 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday September 24th 9:00am-5:00pm 30815894 $300
St John's, NL September 29-Oct 1st, 2017 Friday September 29th 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday September 30th 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday October 1st 9:00am-5:00pm 30815895 $300
Victoria, BC October 13-15th, 2017 Friday October 13th 5:00pm 9:00 pm Saturday October 14th 9:00am-5:00 pm Sunday October 15th 9:00am -5:00 pm 30815897 $300
Mississauga, ON October 13-15th, 2017 Friday Oct 13th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Oct 14th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Oct 15th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815898 $300
Calgary, AB October 20-22nd, 2017 Friday Oct 20th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Oct 21st 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Oct 22nd 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815899 $300
Sarnia, ON October 27-29th, 2017 Friday Oct 27th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Oct 28th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Oct 29th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815900 $300
Dartmouth, NS October 27-29th, 2017 Friday Oct 27th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Oct 28th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Oct 29th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815901 $300
Montreal, QC November 3-5th, 2017 Friday November 3rd 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday November 4th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday November 5th 9:00am-5:00pm
30825072 $300
Red Deer, AB November 3-5th, 2017 Friday November 3rd 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday November 4th 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday November 5th 9:00am-5:00pm 30825078 $300
Orangeville, ON November 3-5th, 2017 Friday Nov 3rd 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Nov 4th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Nov 5th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30825080 $300
Edmundston, NB November 3-5th, 2017 Friday Nov 3rd 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Nov 4th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Nov 5th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30825081 $300
Quebec, QC November 17-19th, 2017 Friday November 17th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday November 18th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday November 19th 9:00am-5:00pm
30825082 $300
Oshawa, ON November 17-19th, 2017 Friday Nov 17th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Nov 18th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Nov 19th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30825084 $300
Burnaby, BC December 1-3rd, 2017 Friday December 1st 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday December 2nd 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday December 3rd 9:00am-5:00pm 30829319 $300
*Course offered in French
 

Water Safety Instructor Trainer Recertification Course

6.5 hours
 
Prerequisites: 
To be eligible for recertification the WSIT must attend a WSIT Recertification Course, remit payment AND have completed ONE of the following:
 
1. Conducted 1 WSI Course; or
2. Conducted 2 WSI Recertification Courses; or
3. An alternative as identified by Red Cross.

Description:
The WSIT Recertification Course is designed to ensure quality and standards are maintained in the field. These courses focus on activities and information to support the WSIT in facilitating Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Courses. In addition to the new teaching tools provided in the package, recertification provides the opportunity for WSITs to network and discuss areas of challenge. Recertification course content is built every 2 years based on feedback from WSIs and WSITs in the field.
 
Post-course Requirements: N/A
Certification:
2-year certification (WSI certification is also automatically renewed). Certifications expire on October 31st of every odd-numbered year.
 
Schedule:
City, Province Course Date Time Course Number Price
Medicine Hat, AB Monday August 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30864747
 
$125
Prince George, BC Saturday September 9th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847848 $125
Calgary, AB Saturday September 9th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847849 $125
*Gatineau, QC Saturday September 9th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847850 $125
Burlington, ON Saturday September 9th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847852 $125
Brandon, MB Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847853 $125
Regina, SK Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847854 $125
*Montréal, QC Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30825448 $125
Nepean, ON Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847857 $125
Sault St-Marie, ON Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847858 $125
Burnaby, BC   Wednesday September 20th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847860 $125
Edmonton, AB Saturday September 23rd, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847862 $125
*Blainville, QC Saturday September 23rd, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30825449 $125
Kingston, ON Saturday September 23rd, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847935 $125
  Parksville, BC Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847936 $125
Creston, BC Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847940 $125
Winnipeg, MB Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847942 $125
Blenheim, ON Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847944 $125
Whitby, ON Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847945 $125
**Moncton, NB Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847947 $125
Victoria, BC   Wednesday October 4th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847949 $125
*Québec, QC Saturday October 7th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30825432 $125
Burnaby, BC  Saturday October 14th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847951 $125
Hanover, ON Saturday October 14th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847952 $125
Red Deer, AB Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847953 $125
Dauphin, MB Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847954 $125
Timmins, ON Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847955 $125
North York, ON Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847957 $125
Dartmouth, NS Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847958 $125
Burnaby, BC  Saturday October 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847959 $125
Edmonton, AB Saturday October 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847960 $125
Kitchener, ON Saturday October 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847962 $125
Kanata, ON Saturday October 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847963 $125
*Course offered in French
** Course offered bilingual (French and English)
 

Assistant Lifeguard Instructor

Prerequisites:
  • Current Red Cross Lifeguard AND
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C or equivalent AND
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, taken within the last 5 years.
Description:

Instructor certification course that prepares Water Safety Instructors to teach the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard course.

Co-teach:
Yes

Certification:
2 years

Schedule: TBA
 

Pool Lifeguard Instructor

Prerequisites:

  • 18 years old
  • Current Red Cross Pool Lifeguard
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR C
  • Recommended 2 years experience as a lifeguard

Description:

This Instructor certification course prepares instructors to teach the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard and Red Cross Pool Lifeguard courses.
 

Co-teach:
Yes

Certification:
2 years

Schedule:

City, Province Dates Times Course Number Price
Winnipeg, MB

December 9- 10th 2017

December 16- 17th 2017
Saturday December 9th 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday December 10th  9:00am-6:00pm Saturday December 16th 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday December 17th  9:00am-6:00pm
 
30887530 $150
 

Pool Lifeguard Instructor Recertification

Prerequisites:

  • Current Standard First Aid/CPR-C or equivalent
  • Red Cross Lifeguard certified within the last five years
  • Has taught one or more lifeguard/recertification/tube skills courses

Description:

A recertification course for existing Pool Lifeguard Instructors, the course is designed to refresh lifeguards in their skills and training.
 

Co-teach:
No

Certification:
2 years

Schedule:

City, Province Dates Times Course Number Price
North Battleford, SK

December 9- 10th 2017

December 16- 17th 2017
August 12th, 2017
 
30883524 $50
 

Pool Lifeguard Instructor with Pool Lifeguard

Description:

This certification course is for pool lifeguards with their National Lifeguard or American Red Cross Lifeguard certification who are transferring to the Red Cross Lifeguard Pool Program to become a Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Instructor.

Prerequisites:

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C or equivalent
  • National Lifeguard (NL) – Pool certification current within 5 years or American Red Cross Lifeguard – Pool certification current within 5 years
  • Current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • 18 years old (at the start of the course)

Certification:

2 year certification for Red Cross Pool Lifeguard and Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Instructor (after completing the Teaching Experience)

Schedule:

City, Province Dates Times Course Number Price
Leduc, AB November 3-5th, 2017 Friday November 3rd 9:00am-6:00pm 
Saturday November 4th 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday November 5th 9:00am-6:00pm
30887621 $225.00


Pool Lifeguard Instructor Course for Water Safety Instructors

Description:

This certification course is for current Water Safety Instructors/ Trainers and Red Cross Pool Lifeguards to become Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Instructors. 

Prerequisites:

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C or equivalent
  • Current Red Cross Pool Lifeguard
  • Current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or WSIT
  • 18 years old (at the start of the course)

Certification:

2 year certification for Red Cross Pool Lifeguard and Pool Lifeguard Instructor (after finishing Teaching Experience) 

Schedule:

City, Province Dates Times Course Number Price
Leduc, AB November 3-5th, 2017 Friday November 3rd 9:00am-6:00pm 
Saturday November 4th 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday November 5th 9:00am-6:00pm
30887621 $225.00
 

Pool Lifeguard Instructor and First Aid Instructor

Description:

This certification course is for Red Cross Pool Lifeguards to become Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Instructors and Red Cross First Aid Instructors.

Prerequisites:

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR-C or equivalent
  • Current WSI or WSIT AND
  • Current Red Cross Pool Lifeguard
  • 18 years old (at the start of the course)

Certification:

2 year certification for Red Cross First Aid Instructor + Pool Lifeguard Instructor (after completing Teaching Experience for both).
Recertification for Pool Lifeguard (upon successful completion of the course)

Schedule:

City, Province Dates Times Course Number Price
Regina, SK October 13-15th, 2017
October 20-22nd, 2017
October 13:  5:00pm-9:00pm
October 14:  9:00am-6:00pm
October 15: 9:00am-6:00pm
October 20 : 5:00pm-9:00pm
October 21: 9:00am-6:00pm
October 22 : 9:00am-6:00pm
30887569 $475.00
 

Waterfront Lifeguard

Description:

A professional lifeguard certification course for waterfronts. The course covers prevention and response to lifeguard emergencies specific to the Canadian waterfront, how to 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. 

Pre-course Requirements:

  • 15 years old (on the last day of the course)
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C or equivalent
  • Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard (current or not)

Certification:

2 years

Schedule: TBA

  

Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor
 

Description:

Instructor certification course that prepares Instructors to teach the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard and the Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard courses. 

Pre-course Requirements:

  • 18 years old (at the start of the course)
  • Current Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C or equivalent

Certification:

2 years

Schedule: TBA

 

Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor with Waterfront Lifeguard 
 

Description:

This certification course is for lifeguards with their National Lifeguard or American Red Cross Lifeguard certification to transfer to the Red Cross Lifeguard Waterfront Program and become a Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor.

Pre-requisites:

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C or equivalent
  • National Lifeguard (NL) – Pool certification current within 5 years or American Red Cross Lifeguard – Pool certification current within 5 years
  • Current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • 18 years old (at the start of the course) 

Certification:

2 year certification for Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard and Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Instructor (after completing theTeaching Experience)

Schedule:

TBD

 

Aquatic Programmer Course

Prerequisites:

  • 18 years old
  • Experience in aquatics is an asset, but not required

Description:

Designed to help aquatic personnel understand and develop the skills to effectively plan, organize and deliver aquatic programs within their communities.
 

Co-teach:
No

Certification:
No expiration

Schedule:

City, Province Dates Times Course Number Price
Kingston, ON Sept. 12-14 Tuesday September 12th 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday September 13th 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday September 14th 9:00am-5:00pm
30824448 $300.00
Creston, BC Sept. 22-24 Friday September 22nd 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday September 23rd 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday September 24th 9:00am-5:00pm
30824443 $300.00
Mississauga, ON Sept. 26-28 Tuesday September 26th 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday September 27th 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday September 28th 9:00am-5:00pm
30824455 $300.00
 

Water Safety Swimposiums and Conferences

Prerequisites:
N/A

Description:

These events provide an opportunity for aquatic professionals and trainers to network, share ideas and attend professional development sessions. Delegates will discover new programming ideas, get updated on the Red Cross Swim Program and learn from colleagues and peers through focused and themed presentations.

To register for a conference, click on the conference link listed in the chart below.

Co-teach:
No

Certification:
No expiration

Schedule:

City, Province

Conference

Dates

Calgary, AB

8th Annual Alberta Water Safety Conference
To register: www.regonline.ca/2017ABconference  

October 3-5, 2017

*Conducted in French