Lifesaving and swim certifications

Become a lifeguard or swim instructor by taking Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard, Lifesaving/Swim for Life® Instructor and Intermediate First Aid courses.

Benefits of swim certifications

  • Swim for Life® Instructor certification qualifies you to apply for jobs teaching the Lifesaving Swim for Life® programs
  • National lifeguard certification qualifies you for lifeguard positions
  • Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross certification prepares you for the Swim for Life® Instructor or National Lifeguard certifications
  • Learn valuable life-saving and first aid skills
  • Develop high-level swim skills
  • Obtain survival and rescue skills
  • Excellent health and fitness benefits


2024 spring & summer registration dates

Registration for spring & summer swimming lessons, lifesaving and first-aid certification courses is open.

We are adding more swimming lesson times and dates at Southland Leisure Centre, Village Leisure Centre and Glenmore Aquatic Centre.

  • Today - Schedules can be previewed online
  • June 6 - Registration begins

Upcoming facility closures

Programs, classes and swimming lessons will not be offered at the following facilities while they undergo repairs:

  • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this spring and summer.
  • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this summer.
  • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre: closed this summer.

Types of lifesaving and swim certifications

You can register online, in person at our Recreation facilities, or by calling
403-268-3800 (option 1).

About our swim instructors

Our instructors have Bronze Cross or higher certification with current CPR Level C and Intermediate First Aid training. They are qualified to teach and evaluate Swim for Life® programs, Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.

What are lessons like?

Classes are both in and out of the pool. Depending on the course, there may be written study material, theory and sessions on practical application.

You'll be expected to show water proficiency, learn  recognition and rescue techniques, and tain in CPR and/or First Aid skills. 

Come prepared

Participants must wear swim wear and bring a towel. Swim goggles are optional. All other required equipment and lifejackets are provided. Lifeguard on duty on pool deck.

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