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Want to take your swimming skills to the next level?

Our facility hosts many leadership courses to train to be a lifeguard or a swimming instructor.

To check our current course dates and times, please see below, or call (403) 823-1322.  

Please note that all fees and schedules are subject to change, minimum enrollment must be met for courses to run.

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Becoming a Lifeguard

Please refer to the following information that outlines how to become a lifeguard: 


Course Name

Course Dates

Bronze Medallion


Bronze Cross

Standard First Aid (SFA)


SFA/AEC Recertification


National Lifeguard (NL)

November 20-December 18, 2020

NL Recertfication


The Bronze Medallion Award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education:

  • Judgment;
  • Knowledge;
  • Skill, and;
  • Fitness.

Rescuers learn tows, carries, and defence and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types.

Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim.

Prerequisites: 13 years of age or Bronze Star


The Bronze Cross Award is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.

Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion


Standard First Aid (SFA) provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid, CPR and AED.

Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) provides the same comprehensive training that is taught in Standard First Aid, as well as an aquatic compenent covering shallow water rescues, spinal injuries and pressure related injuries. 

Prerequisites: None


The National Lifeguard ® (NL) award builds on the skills, knowledge and values that the Lifesaving Society teaches in its Pre-Bronze and Bronze Medal awards to develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards.

Prerequisites: 16 years old & Bronze Cross (need not be current) & current Standard First Aid Certification (SFA award can be from any Alberta Government recognized agency) OR another NL option (need not be current).


You can check out our schedule or register by coming in, over the phone, or online. Please call for an updated schedule.


Becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Please refer to the list below that features the steps to becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor:

STEP ONE: WSI Skills Assessment

- Candidates will demonstrate skills necessary for safety management and rescue for their swim classes.  

- This step must be completed before attending STEP THREE: WSI Pool and Classroom.

STEP TWO: WSI Online and Teaching Experience

- Done on your own time, you will purchase the WSI candidate package and complete on-line as well as workbook activities

- Once the on-line portion is completed, candidates will complete a teaching experience with a certified WSI, being able to take the skills that they learned from the on-line portion and apply them to a practical setting with actual students.  Candidates are required to do 4 hours with Swim Preschool classes and 4 hours with Swim Kids classses, staying with the same class throughout an entire session, seeing the students progressions from the first to the last day of lessons. 

- This step must be completed before attending STEP THREE: WSI Pool and Classroom.

STEP THREE: WSI Pool and Classroom

- Using the skills learned in the previous two steps, candidates will further their knowledge with long and short term lesson planning, class management and evaluation of skills.

- After the successful completion of all three steps, the WSI candidate will be certified as a Water Safety Instructor for two years.  During that time, there will be additional on-line sessions to complete before they are able to attend a recertification clinic to renew their award. 

Prerequisites: 15 years of age, ability to complete skills in Swim Kids 10, and one of the following: Bronze Cross OR Emergency First Aid OR Assistant Lifeguard


Steps to becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor 

Course Name

Next Course dates

WSI Skills Assessment 

Feb 9 OR April 17 OR June 28

WSI Online & Teaching Experience

Purchase package from the Aquaplex and complete at home.  When finished Online, call to set up Teaching Experience times. Can be done anytime, must be completed before WSI Pool and Classroom

WSI Pool and Classroom 

February 18-21, 2020

WSI Recertification




Becoming a Lifesaving Instructor and Lifesaving Swim Instructor

Please refer to the following to learn how to become a Lifesaving Instructor and Lifesaving Swim Instructor

  • Lifesaving Instructor (LSI): TBD;
  • Swim Instructor (SI): TBD, and; 
  • LSI/SI Recertfication: TBD. 

Lifesaving Instructors / Examiners are trained to teach and evalutate the 3 Canadian Swim Patrol Program awards, as well as the Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and Distinction certifications.

Instructor / Examiner candidates are trained in aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach the following:

Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation. 

The Lifesaving Instructor / Examiner certification is the prerequisite for all other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications.

Certification in Alberta & Northwest Territories includes:

Prerequisites: 16 years old and Bronze Cross or higher.


The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor / Examiner Course focuses on preparing the instructor to teach and evaluate the following:

  • Basic movement and swimming skills
  • Strokes, and;
  • Fitness.

Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching and acquire:

  • Proven teaching methods;
  • A variety of skill, and;
  • Stroke development drills and correction techniques.

Prerequisites: 16 years old, current Bronze Cross or higher, and Lifesaving Instructor / Examiner.

You can check out our schedule or register by coming in, over the phone, or online. Please call for an updated schedule.



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