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Lifesaving Instructor

The Lifesaving Instructor Course prepares instructors to teach the Lifesaving Society's:

  • Canadian Swim Patrol Program
  • Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross
  • Lifesaving Fitness, Distinction
  • Basic and Emergency First Aid, and CPR-A, CPR-B and CPR-C

Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate all items and certify candidates in Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Lifesaving Fitness, Basic and Emergency First Aid, and CPR-A, -B, -C. Instructors evaluate some items in Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and Distinction, but only Examiners may certify candidates in these awards.

Prerequisites: 16 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross or NLS certification (need not be current).

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

Candidate recognition: Certification card and crest.

Course length: Approx. 20 hr. classroom and water time (often 40 hr. when combined with the Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor Course or the instructor course of other agencies).

Required reference material: Lifesaving Instructor Pac; includes Instructor Notes, Swim Patrol Award Guide, Bronze Medals Award Guide, First Aid Award Guide, Leadership Binder.

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: Instructors remain current by recertifying within 24 months of the last certification date. Recertification is through the Society's professional development credit system.