Lifeguard and instructor development programs

Lifeguard and Instructor Development Programs

Strathcona County Swimming and Water Safety programs include opportunities for candidates wishing to pursue their Aquatic Instructor and/or Lifeguarding certifications. With one of the largest leadership development program distributions in Alberta, candidates have a variety of opportunities to choose from.

  • In Bronze Star, students can start their lifeguarding journey with this optional introduction to lifesaving. Students develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn CPR and develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes CPR A. Prerequisites: 8 Years Old

    • Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, 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 A. Prerequisites: Bronze Star or 13 years of age.
  • 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 the prerequisite for all advanced training programs, including the National Lifeguard certification. Includes CPR C. Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion.

  • Lifeguard School provides comprehensive lifeguard training and development by combining two mandatory certifications into one course. Lifeguard School will cover skills and training for Aquatic Emergency Care and National Lifeguard. Prerequisite: Bronze Cross and 16 years of age.

    Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR as well as skills specific to emergencies in an aquatic setting. In Alberta, the Lifesaving Society's Aquatic Emergency Care course is approved by the provincial government as a Standard First Aid course.

    The primary role of the National Lifeguard is the prevention of emergency situations and the timely and effective resolution of emergencies. The National Lifeguard certification prepares lifeguards to fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatic activities in a pool setting. The National Lifeguard program develops the basic lifeguarding skills, principles, and decision-making process to help lifeguards evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies.

  • Strathcona County is proud to offer the new Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI). This blended-classroom program prepares candidates to become swimming and water safety instructors that can work in a variety of facilities across Canada. WSI runs differently than many other courses and will include four distinct elements: a one-day orientation, online e-learning modules, in-water teaching experience, and classroom/pool days. Take your WSI certification at 15 years old or older to prepare for a job as a Water Safety Instructor in Strathcona County, or across Canada.  Prerequisite: 15 years of age, Bronze Cross or Emergency First Aid.

  • Are you looking to join the wonderful world of aquatics as an aquatic instructor or lifeguard?  Aquatics 101 is designed to prepare future job-seekers for the dynamic experience of working in aquatics in Strathcona County. Whether you are preparing for the next hiring or brushing up your skills, candidates can choose from two unique job-readiness programs that include practical training and skill development. If your goal is to work in aquatics, Lifeguard 101 and Instructor 101 are perfect for you. Prerequisites: Water Safety Instructor certification for Instructor 101; National Lifeguard certification for Lifeguard 101.

Next Steps

Once you have completed your Lifeguard and/or Instructor Development Programs, you can apply to work at one of Strathcona County’s three, world-class aquatic centres. Please note the following minimum qualifications required before applying:

Steps to become a Lifeguard

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) and Basic Rescuer CPR C
  • National Lifeguard (NL)

Steps to become an Instructor

  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC)
  • National Lifeguard (NL)
  • Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Interested in applying to work for Strathcona County? View our careers page to find out more.

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Last updated: Friday, January 08, 2021
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