Become a Lifeguard

Getting your lifeguarding certification only takes a couple steps. Learn more about the programs you need to become a Lifeguard.


Bronze Star

Bronze Star is excellent preparation for Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, participants 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. Bronze Star is an official training program of the Lifesaving Society - Canada's lifeguarding experts.

*Prerequisites: 10 yrs old & Red Cross Swim Kids 8 or higher.

Bronze Medallion

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.

*Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for Bronze Cross. Prerequisite: 13 years of age.

Bronze Cross

The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding. 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

National Lifeguard Course

The Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard certification builds on fundamental skills, knowledge, fitness, judgement, and values. Recognized as the standard for lifeguards in Canada, National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement, and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard.

*Prerequisites: Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid or Aquatic Emergency Care and minimum 16 yrs. 100% attendance required.

Water Safety Instructor

The WSI Course is designed to provide candidates with the proper knowledge and skills to teach swimming and water safety while promoting water safe attitudes in, on, and around the water. Learn to teach all levels of the Red Cross Learn to Swim program. Course material will cover teaching methods for water safety, water skills, and swimming strokes. This certification consists of 4 components which include a skills evaluation, online learning, practicum teaching and classroom sessions. All of which must be completed for successful completion of the WSI certification.

*Prerequisite: 15 years of age and Bronze Cross.

How to find a program and register

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If there are current City of Red Deer lifeguard postions available, they will be posted on our Career Opportunities page.

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