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Aquatic Leadership Training

Lifeguards and Instructor Guards are qualified to work in aquatic facilities. SCRD Recreation will be offering some of the courses you need to become a lifeguard in Fall 2021.

Step 1: Become a Lifeguard
Lifeguards monitor pools to prevent drowning or injuries in the aquatic facility and administer first aid if required. Throughout the year, we offer the Lifesaving Society courses (listed below) required to become a lifeguard. Check the Lifesaving Society for courses being offered in other locations.

Fall courses being offered.

  • Junior Lifeguard Club
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross (Winter 2022)

Step 2: Instructor Guard Training
Qualified Lifeguards can continue with the following instructor training when available.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
Water Safety Instructors teach people how to swim. Aquatic facilities usually hire people that are both certified lifeguards and certified water safety instructors.

Lifesaving Instructor
Lifesaving Instructors prepare people to become lifeguards by teaching lifesaving skills through programs like Junior Lifeguard and the Bronze level preparation courses.

Aquatic Fitness Instructor
Aquatic Fitness Instructors teach drop-in aquatic fitness classes. SCRD Aquatic Fitness Instructors are required to have NL certification and one of the following certifications for teaching aquatic fitness classes:

  • British Columbia Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA)
  • Canadian Fitness Education Services (CFES)
  • Canadian Aquafit Leaders Alliance (CALA)