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.

Courses offered

  • The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Star develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill, and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport. Includes CPR A.

    Prerequisites: 8+ years old, and can swim to a Red Cross Swim Kids Level 8 standard. 

  • The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water. Includes CPR C

    Prerequisites: Bronze star OR 13+ years old

  • Aquatic Emergency Care provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR as well as emergencies specific to an aquatic setting. This First Aid course is recommended for lifeguards, aquatic instructors, lifesavers, and other individuals who may need to respond to a first aid emergency in an aquatic setting.

    Includes CPR-C and AED certification.

  • The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as an assistant lifeguard. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a pre-requisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs. 

    Prerequisites: successful completion of your Bronze Medallion with CPR-C AND either Aquatic Emergency Care OR Standard First Aid. 

  • The primary role of the National Lifeguard certification is the prevention of emergency situations and the timely and effective resolution of aquatic emergencies. The National Lifeguard certification prepares lifeguards to fulfil 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. 

    Prerequisite: 16+ years of age, Bronze Cross (need not be current) and a current AB workplace approved Standard First Aid or Aquatic Emergency Care certification.  

  • The Lifesaving Society’s Swim Instructor course is an in-person program that prepares candidates to become Swim for Life instructors that can work in a variety of facilities across Alberta. SI courses include a mandatory in-class portion followed by an optional, but recommended, in-water teaching experience.  

    Prerequisite: 15 years of age, Bronze Cross (need not be current) 

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

Steps to becoming a Swim Instructor 

  • Bronze Medallion and CPR C 
  • Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) 
  • Bronze Cross
  • Swim Instructor (SI)
  • National Lifeguard (NL)

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

Phone: 780-464-2112

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Last updated: Thursday, June 16, 2022
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