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 October 31st of every odd-numbered year.

Schedule:

City, Province Dates Times Course Number Price
Barrie, ON January 13-15th, 2017 Friday January 13th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Jan 14th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday January 15th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30814309 $300
Belleville, ON February 17-19th, 2017 Friday February 17th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday February 18th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday February 19th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815818 $300
Edmonton, AB February 24-26th, 2017 Friday February 24 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday February 25 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday February 26 9:00am-5:00pm 30815819 $300
Montreal, QC March 10-12th, 2017 Friday March 10th 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday March 11th 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday March 12th 9:00am-5:00pm 30793654 $300
Burnaby, BC March 10-12th, 2017 Friday March 10th 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday March 11th 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday March 12th 9:00am-5:00pm 30815822 $300
Riverview, NB March 10-12th, 2017 Friday March 10th 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday March 11th 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday March 12th 9:00am-5:00pm 30815823 $300
Quebec. QC March 17-19th, 2017 Friday March 17th 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday March 18th 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday March 19th 9:00am-5:00pm 30793655 $300
Kitchener, ON March 31 - April 2nd, 2017 Friday March 31st 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday April 1st 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday April 2nd 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815824 $300
Calgary, AB April 21-23rd, 2017 Friday April 21st 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday April 22nd 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday April 23nd 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815825 $300
Victoria, BC April 28-30th, 2017 Friday April 28th 5:00pm 9:00 pm Saturday April 29th 9:00am-5:00 pm Sunday April 30th 9:00am -5:00 pm 30815829 $300
Cranbrook, BC April 28-30th, 2017 Friday April 28th 5:00pm 9:00 pm Saturday April 29th 9:00am-5:00 pm Sunday April 30th 9:00am -5:00 pm 30815831 $300
Saskatoon, SK May 5-7th, 2017 Friday May 5th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday May 6th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday May 7th 9:00am-5:00pm
30815837 $300
Ottawa, ON May 11-13th, 2017 Thursday May 11th 5:00pm-9:00pm Friday May 12th 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday May 13th 9:00am-5:00pm 30815886 $300
Dartmouth, NS May 12-14th, 2017 Friday May 12th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday May 13th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday May 14th 9:00am-5:00pm
30815863 $300
Grande Prairie, AB May 26-28th, 2017 Friday May 26th 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday May 27 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday May 28th 9:00am-5:00pm 30815868 $300
Missisauga, ON May 26-28th, 2017 Friday May 26th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday May 27th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday May 28th 9:00am - 5:00pm
30815876 $300
Kelowna, BC June 2-4th, 2017 Friday June 23rd 5:00 pm-9:00pm Saturday June 24th 9:00am-5:00 pm Sunday June 25th 9:00am- 5:00pm 30815882 $300
Edmonton, AB June 9-11th, 2017 Friday June 9th 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday June 10th 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday June 11th 9:00am-5:00pm 30815883 $300
Burnaby, BC June 9-11th, 2017 Friday June 9th 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday June 10th 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday June 11th 9:00am-5:00pm 30815884 $300
Leduc, AB August 25-27th, 2017 Friday August 25 5:00pm-9:00pm Saturday August 26 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday August 27 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
Edmonton, AB Saturday May 27th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847821 $100.00
Ottawa, ON Saturday May 27th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847822 $100.00
Kenora, ON Saturday May 27th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847823 $100.00
Burnaby, BC   Tuesday May 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847824 $100.00
Victoria, BC   Thursday June 1st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847825 $100.00
Orangeville, ON Saturday June 3rd, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847826 $100.00
Dartmouth, NS Saturday June 3rd, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847827 $100.00
Parksville, BC Saturday June 10th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847828 $100.00
Kelowna, BC Saturday June 10th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847829 $100.00
Grande Prairie, AB Saturday June 10th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847830 $100.00
Calgary, AB Saturday June 10th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847831 $100.00
Mississauga, ON Saturday June 10th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847832 $100.00
Cornerbrook, NL Saturday June 10th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847833 $100.00
**Riverview, NB Saturday June 10th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847834 $100.00
Burnaby, BC Saturday June 17th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847835 $100.00
Red Deer, AB Saturday June 17th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847837 $100.00
Saskatoon, SK Saturday June 17th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847838 $100.00
St Catharines. ON Saturday June 17th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847839 $100.00
Victoria, BC Saturday June 24th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847840 $100.00
Edmonton, AB Saturday June 24th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847842 $100.00
Winnipeg, MB Saturday June 24th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847844 $100.00
Peterborough, ON Saturday June 24th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847845 $100.00
Barrie, ON Saturday June 24th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847846 $100.00
St John's, NL Saturday June 24th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847847 $100.00
Prince George, BC Saturday September 9th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847848 $100.00
Calgary, AB Saturday September 9th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847849 $100.00
*Gatineau, QC Saturday September 9th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847850 $100.00
Burlington, ON Saturday September 9th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847852 $100.00
Brandon, MB Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847853 $100.00
Regina, SK Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847854 $100.00
*Montréal, QC Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30825448 $100.00
Nepean, ON Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847857 $100.00
Sault St-Marie, ON Saturday September 16th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847858 $100.00
Burnaby, BC   Wednesday September 20th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847860 $100.00
Edmonton, AB Saturday September 23rd, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847862 $100.00
*Blainville, QC Saturday September 23rd, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30825449 $100.00
Kingston, ON Saturday September 23rd, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847935 $100.00
  Parksville, BC Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847936 $100.00
Creston, BC Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847940 $100.00
Winnipeg, MB Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847942 $100.00
Blenheim, ON Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847944 $100.00
Whitby, ON Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847945 $100.00
**Moncton, NB Saturday September 30th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847947 $100.00
Victoria, BC   Wednesday October 4th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847949 $100.00
*Québec, QC Saturday October 7th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30825432 $100.00
Burnaby, BC  Saturday October 14th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847951 $100.00
Hanover, ON Saturday October 14th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847952 $100.00
Red Deer, AB Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847953 $100.00
Dauphin, MB Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847954 $100.00
Timmins, ON Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847955 $100.00
North York, ON Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847957 $100.00
Dartmouth, NS Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847958 $100.00
Burnaby, BC  Saturday October 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847959 $100.00
Edmonton, AB Saturday October 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847960 $100.00
Kitchener, ON Saturday October 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847962 $100.00
Kanata, ON Saturday October 28th, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm 30847963 $100.00
*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:

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: TBA

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

Edmonton, AB

January 23-25, 2017

Monday January 23rd 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday January 24th 9:00am-5:00pm Wednesday January 25th 9:00am-5:00pm

30824295

$300

Vancouver, BC

January 27-29th, 2017

Friday January 27th 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday January 28th 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday January 29th 9:00am-5:00pm

30824296

$300
Mississauga, ON

February 7th-9th, 2017

Tuesday February 9th 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday February 10th 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday February 11th 9:00am-5:00pm

30824308

$300

Calgary, AB

March 14-16, 2017

Tuesday March 14th 9:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday March 15th 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday March 16th 9:00am - 5:00pm

30824320

$300

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

Oshawa, ON

Canadian Red Cross Swimposium

www.regonline.ca/OshawaSwimposium

February 21, 2017

Ottawa, ON

 

Canadian Red Cross Swimposium

www.regonline.ca/OttawaSwimposium

February 23, 2017

Halifax, ON

Canadian Red Cross Swimposium

www.regonline.ca/AtlanticSwimposium2017 

March 28-29, 2017

Regina, SK

8th Annual Saskatchewan and Manitoba Water Safety Conference

 

May 9-10, 2017

Calgary, AB

8th Annual Alberta Water Safety Conference

 

October 3-5, 2017

*Conducted in French