Become a Lifeguard

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


Lifesaving Society Bronze Star

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.

*Prerequisites: 10 years old & recommended to have participated in Rookie, Ranger, Star Patrol program.

Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, 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 assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.

*Prerequisites: Bronze Star (need not be current) or minimum of 13 years of age and a current Alberta workplace approved Intermediate First Aid & CPR-C

Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. 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 prerequisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.

*Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion (need not be current), 13 years old and a current Alberta workplace approved Intermediate First Aid & CPR-C

Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Course

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

Prerequisites: Bronze Cross (need not be current), current Alberta workplace approved Intermediate First Aid & CPR-C, and minimum 15 years of age at the time of the exam.

Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor Certification

Swim instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Swim for Life and Canadian Swim Patrol programs. The Swim Instructor course prepares Instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies while teaching and evaluating. Prerequisites: Minimum 15 years old, Bronze Cross or higher (need not be current).

How to find a program and register

To find the perfect program(s) for you, visit

For more information, call 403-309-8411.

Get hired

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

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