The Canadian Red Cross is winding down its swim and lifeguarding
programming to focus on surging humanitarian demands in other areas
- such as disaster and pandemic response, opioid harm reduction and
caregiving for seniors. Read the press release.
During 2022, Red Cross is encouraging and supporting its water
safety training partners in making the transition to the swimming,
lifeguarding and aquatic leadership programs of the Lifesaving
Swim transition pathways for Red Cross-certified
For 2022, the Lifesaving Society and Canadian Red Cross created
special pathways by which Red Cross certification holders
transition to corresponding Lifesaving Society certifications.
These pathways recognize and acknowledge the competencies earned in
Red Cross certifications while providing the knowledge and
resources critical for success as a Lifesaving Society instructor,
lifeguard or trainer.
The opportunity to attain Lifesaving Society
certifications via these transition pathways, originally scheduled
to end December 31, 2022, has been extended to June 30,
The official Swim Transition Instructor Clinic
approved by the Lifesaving Society Canada and endorsed by the
Canadian Red Cross is online at e-lifesaving.ca.
Transfer of Red Cross certification data
CRC members can transfer their CRC certification to the
Lifesaving Society electronically via e-lifesaving.ca/transition.
This is beneficial for:
- CRC members whose awards were not included in the migration
direct from CRC, or
- Anyone who decided not to use the CRC migration tool to
transfer their records.
The following information is required to transfer
- Individual details and contact information
- Certification details
- Provincial branch of the Lifesaving Society to which
certifications will be transferred
- A photo or scan of the certification ready to upload
Once the provincial branch receives and verifies the
information, it will add or update the individual's Lifesaving
For those CRC members who are also Lifesaving Society members,
there is an optional section to add a Lifesaving Society Member ID
and/or Web Access Code - these details help to verify the
submission more quickly and accurately.
Lifesaving Society Program Manager by phone 506.292.6244 or by