Become a Lifeguard or Swimming Instructor

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Why become a Lifeguard?

Lifeguards accept an enormous responsibility. They work hard to master principles and skills crucial to one of the greatest risk-management challenges of organized recreation through the province. What lifeguards learn about communication, conflict resolution, responsibility, teamwork, public relations and administrations serves them well for a lifetime.

Why become a Swimming Instructor?

The love of swimming in others can start with you. Become a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and teach all Red Cross Swim programs to various age groups, from infants to adults. The skills you learn with us can prepare you for future employment in aquatics, recreation and numerous other fields. Certifications are recognized Canada-wide.

How do I become a Lifeguard or Swimming Instructor?

Follow these 8 steps to earn your certifications to become a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and a Lifeguard.

1: Bronze Star (target age 12 years & over)

2: Bronze Medallion (13 years & over or completed Bronze Star)

3: Standard First Aid with CPR "C" and AED

(recognized providers are Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, St.John's Ambulance, Canadian Ski Patrol)

4: Bronze Cross (completed Bronze Medallion and Standard First Aid)

5: National Lifeguard - Pool (15 years & over, completed Bronze Cross)

Now you are a certified Lifeguard. This will allow you to work at a swimming pool or water park.

6: Red Cross Water Safety Instructors (15 years & over and one of: Assistant Lifeguard, Emergency First Aid or equivalent (Bronze Cross).

Now you are certified to teach the Red Cross Swim Program.

7: Lifesaving Society Bronze Family Instructor (16 years & over, completed Bronze Cross)

Now you are certified to teach the Lifesaving Society Bronze Star, Medallion and Cross courses.

Congratulations on all your hard work! You now have meet all the requirements to be hired by the City of St.Catharines to be a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

8: Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor (16 years & over, completed Bronze cross)

Now you are certified to teach the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Program. This is not a requirement to work for the City of St. Catharines but is an option to work for other organizations and municipalities.

Please note that the Red Cross Water Safety Instructors, Bronze Family Instructor or Swim Instructor are not pre-requisites to take your National Lifeguard. These courses can be taken based on age or simultaneously with each other.

To view course times and availability or to register, please visit ActiveSTC.

Steps to get hired

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you love the water and enjoy working with children of all ages! Volunteers are needed to assist with the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. You must be 13 years of age with the Bronze Medallion Award or over 18 with a love of the water and children. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up for an Aquatic Volunteer Opportunity Workshop. Registration is FREE.

To view workshop times or to register, please visit ActiveSTC.


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