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The Lifesaving Society appoints examiners to evaluate and certify candidates in the Society's training programs. Examiners are experienced instructors who undergo specific training in examination standards. With the approval of the Society, experienced instructors may be appointed as an examiner after the following prerequisites are met:


  • Instructor certification and experience teaching in the award(s) for which the instructor wishes to be appointed an examiner
  • Participation in an Examination Standards Clinic (ESC)
  • Successful co-exams with an experienced examiner in the award(s) the instructor wishes to be appointed an examiner

Upon completion of the above prerequisites, the instructor must submit the application for examiner appointment to the Society for consideration.

Examination Standards Clinic: Approx. 5-8 hr. classroom and water time. The ESC may be run as a stand-alone clinic or attached to other instructor training programs.

Reference materials required: Canadian Lifesaving Manual, Award Guides, Examiner Training Records: Bronze/Distinction, or National Lifeguard, or First Aid. Co-exam or Co-teach Report.

Costs: There is no Lifesaving Society fee for the Examination Standards Clinic. Certification fee payable to the Lifesaving Society upon submission of the Examiner Training Record.


Examiner-certified awards: Only Bronze Medallion Examiners may certify candidates in Bronze Medallion. Only Bronze Cross Examiners may certify candidates in Bronze Cross.

Only Distinction Examiners may certify Distinction candidates.

Only National Lifeguard Examiners may certify National Lifeguard candidates.

Only Standard First Aid Examiners may certify Standard First Aid candidates.