Active for Life  Learning to Train // Bronze Star is a pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn CPR and develop Water Smart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes CPR A and AED.



AGE 13Y+ // Active for Life  Learning to Train

Prerequisites: Bronze Star or 13 years of age

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. Includes CPR A and AED. Canadian Lifesaving Manual and exam fees are included! Swimming ability should be at I Can Swim Stage 3, Lifesaving Society Swimmer 6 or Red Cross Swim Kids 10.


AGE 13Y+ // Active for Life  Learning to Train

Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is the prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Includes CPR C and AED. Exam fees are included!


AGE 16Y+ // Active for Life  Learning to Train

Prerequisites: Bronze Cross, and a minimum of 16 years of age

**NEW!: We are now offering this course in combination with Aquatic Emergency Care which is workplace approved as Standard First Aid by the Government of Alberta.** If you already have a current Standard First Aid certificate please contact us at 403-355-1279 for a partial registration at a pro-rated price for just the National Lifeguard portion of the course.

The primary role of the National Lifeguard is the prevention of emergency situations and the timely and effective resolution of emergencies. The National Lifeguard certification prepares lifeguards to fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatic activities in a pool setting. The National Lifeguard program develops the basic lifeguarding skills, principles and decision-making process to help lifeguards evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies. Manual and exam fees are included!

Aquatic Emergency Care provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR as well as skills specific to emergencies in an aquatic setting. This First Aid course is recommended for lifeguards, aquatic instructors, lifesavers and other individuals who may need to respond to a first aid emergency in an aquatic setting. Includes Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification. Manual and exam fees are included!


AGE 16Y+ // Active for Life  Learning to Train

The Lifesaving Society is pleased to release a National Lifeguard Pool Recertification Guide that can be downloaded from the website: The guide is designed as a resource for candidates to prepare and familiarize with the items covered in a National Lifeguard recertification. Certification is based on the ability to meet the purpose statements and ALL performance criteria (Must Sees). Candidates are encouraged to practice skills and review knowledge to prepare for the recertification course. Ongoing training and maintaining an appropriate level of fitness is important to being able to lifeguard effectively.


AGE 16Y+ // Active for Life  Learning to Train

Prerequisites: 16 years old and Bronze Cross or higher

The Lifesaving Swim Instructor Course focuses on preparing the instructor to teach and evaluate 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 corrections techniques. Lifesaving Swim Instructors are trained to teach and evaluate the parent and tot, preschool and swimmer levels.

Lifesaving Instructors/Examiners are trained to teach and evaluate the three 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 water rescue, first aid and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. 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 and Northwest Territories includes Advanced Instructor, Examination Standards Clinic, and Lifesaving CPR Instructor/Examiner certifications.


AGE 16Y+ // Active for Life  Learning to Train

Prerequisites: Mandatory Up-dates (Swim for Life 2015 Mandatory Up-date and First Aid and Resuscitation Content 2016 Mandatory Up-date)

The Swim/Lifesaving Instructor Recertification Course evaluates instructor skills, provides instructors with updates from the Lifesaving Society, will be an opportunity for instructors to give feedback to the Lifesaving Society and is the required component for lifesaving instructor and swim instructor recertification. There is an in-water portion.

Note: Lifesaving Instructors and Lifesaving Swim Instructors can attend this recertification. It also automatically recertifies your Lifesaving CPR Instructor Award, and any Lifesaving Education and Proficiency awards you hold.


AGE 16Y+ // Active for Life  Learning to Train

Prerequisites: Current National Lifeguard (any option), Lifesaving Instructor (need not be current), National Lifeguard (any option) held for a minimum of two (2) years. Experience teaching Lifesaving Society certifications programs is recommended.

The National Lifeguard Instructor/Examiner Clinic prepares candidates to teach and evaluate National Lifeguard courses. Candidates learn specific strategies designed to train lifeguards in advanced rescue techniques, public relations issues, and first aid, as well as how to present material that will prepare lifeguards for any major aspect of supervising the public in an aquatic setting. Candidates are required to complete an apprenticeship after the clinic.


Phone: 403.355.1286

Repsol Sport Centre

2225 MacLeod Trail South,
Calgary, Alberta
   T2G 5B6

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 5am-11pm
NEW: Starting November 1st, Aquatics closes at 10 pm weekdays
Saturday: 6am-10pm
Sunday: 7am-10pm
Stat. Holidays: 7am-6pm

There are no Group Fitness or Registered Classes
on statutory holidays.

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