Steps to becoming a Lifeguard
1. Bronze Star
Designed for ages 8-12. Completion of swim patrol levels is recommended before this course, but not mandatory. Course integrates safety, fitness and lifesaving skills into a complete water smart package. Participants may enter Bronze Medallion upon successful completion of this course.
2. Bronze Medallion
Prerequisites- age 13 or older OR have completed Bronze Star. Swimmers also receive CPR-A and AED training with this course. Candidates are expected to complete physical requirements such as timed swim and lifting persons out of the pool.
3. Bronze Cross
Prerequisites- Bronze Medallion Swimmers also receive CPR C and AED training with this course. Must have Canadian Lifesaving Manual. Candidates are expected to complete physical requirements such as timed swim and lifting persons out of the pool.
4. a)Standard First Aid
Prior to your first day of National Lifeguard you must have completed a recognized Standard First Aid course complete with CPR C and AED. Please ensure you have Standard First Aid. Some candidates confuse emergency first aid training with standard first aid. Emergency first aid is not as extensive and often doesn't include the level of CPR required.
4. b)Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC)
Recognized standard first aid course which focuses on water emergencies. Swimmers also receive their CPR-C and AED certification. Canadian Lifesaving Manual required. This course is an asset if planning on taking National Lifeguard as it covers some of the material introduced in National Lifeguard.
5. National Lifeguard Award
Prerequisites- must be age 16 or older and have completed Bronze Cross and a recognized Standard First Aid/CPR C and AED Training prior to beginning the course. Candidates are expected to complete numerous physical requirements such as timed swim water springs and timed rescue drills involving lifting. Candidates receive the alert manual with course fees. Canadian Lifesaving Manual, whistle, and coil/lanyard required.