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Assistant Instructor

Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized.

Prerequisites: 14 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross or higher certification (need not be current).

Course length: Approximately 15-18 hr.

Evaluation & certification: The Swim Instructor Trainer or Lifesaving Instructor Trainer evaluates and certifies Assistant Instructor candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Reference materials required: Canadian Lifesaving Manual for on-course reference. Our Assistant Instructor Workbook is recommended.

Costs: In addition to the required reference materials, a certification fee is payable to the Lifesaving Society. Course organizers charge a fee to cover the costs of running the course.

Recertification: Assistant Instructor certification does not need to be recertified.