National Lifeguard Certifications at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Become a Lifeguard & Swim Instructor

Lifeguarding is a rewarding job that you can work towards here at UBC! Learn how to assess and respond to emergency situations, how to mitigate accidents, and most importantly, how to save lives. We offer all of these certifications at the UBC Aquatic Centre and also hire many Lifeguard and Swim Instructors each term! In order to be a lifeguard in Canada you need to complete a series of certifications.

To Become a Lifeguard in Canada you Need:

Certifications to becomea lifeguard in Canada

Step 1: Bronze Medallion

Learn rescue skills, fitness/stroke efficiency, timed swim, aquatic related emergencies and injuries, and CPR B level training. 100% attendance and participation mandatory. C.L. Manual is required for this course.

Prerequisites: LS Bronze Star and/or 13 years of age by last day of the course.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions Location No Class(es) Free Class(es) UBC Student CSC / UNA Staff / Faculty Public
Bronze Medallion Sat/Sun 11:00AM - 1:00PM Jan 11 Jan 26 4 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre Jan 18 & 19  $176.40 $176.40 $176.40 $196.00
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Bronze Medallion Sat/Sun 11:00AM - 1:00PM Feb 1 Feb 9 4 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre $176.40 $176.40 $176.40 $196.00
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Step 2: Bronze Cross

This award offers a challenging and demanding program beyond the Bronze Medallion level, providing training in emergency procedures, timed swims, teamwork rescues, use of specialized equipment, spinal injury procedures and CPR C training. 100% attendance and participation mandatory.
Required text: CL Manual
Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions Location No Class(es) Free Class(es) UBC Student CSC / UNA Staff / Faculty Public
Bronze Cross Sat/Sun 11:00AM - 1:00PM Feb 22 Mar 1 4 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre $176.40 $176.40 $176.40 $196.00
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Step 3: Standard First Aid

Covers airway, breathing and cardiovascular emergencies: bleeding; burns; soft tissue, musculoskeletal, head and spine injuries; heat and cold emergencies; poisoning; bandaging and splinting; medical conditions, e.g. diabetes, epileptic seizures; moving and transportation; and secondary survey. CPR-C and associated AED protocol included. SFA certification will be through the Lifesaving Society or Canadian Red Cross. Must get recertifiied every 2 years. Award will be issued through the Lifesaving Society or the Canadian Red Cross.

Prerequesites: Must be 12 years of age.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions Location No Class(es) Free Class(es) UBC Student CSC / UNA Staff / Faculty Public
Standard First Aid Sat/Sun 9:00AM - 5:00PM Jan 18 Jan 19 2 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre $150.50 $150.50 $150.50 $167.25
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Standard First Aid Sat/Sun 9:00AM - 5:00PM Mar 7 Mar 8 2 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre $150.50 $150.50 $150.50 $167.25
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Standard First Aid Sat/Sun 9:00AM - 5:00PM Mar 14 Mar 15 2 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre $150.50 $150.50 $150.50 $167.25
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Includes CPR-C re-cert with associated AED protocol.
Prerequisites: Must have previous SFA or AEC award

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions Location No Class(es) Free Class(es) UBC Student CSC / UNA Staff / Faculty Public
Standard First Aid Recertification Sat 9:00AM - 5:30PM Jan 4 Jan 4 1 session UBC Aquatic Centre $88.50 $88.50 $88.50 $98.25
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Standard First Aid Recertification Sun 9:00AM - 5:30PM Apr 5 Apr 5 1 session UBC Aquatic Centre $88.50 $88.50 $88.50 $98.25
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Are you registering someone who is 12-17 years old? We also offer Standard First Aid Camps!

The Standard First Aid Camp is for youth interested in expanding their first aid knowledge and abilities. It covers all aspects of a standard first aid course but takes in the afternoons during a week-long camp. If you want a full-day camp experience you can mix-and-match any other UBC Camps morning camp offering for a full-day experience.

Step 4: National Lifeguard Course

The National Lifeguard award builds on the skills, knowledge and values taught in the Bronze Medallion/Cross courses. This course is designed to develop a sound understanding of understanding of lifeguard principles, good judgement and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of a lifeguard.
Prerequisites: Bronze Cross (need not be current) SFA+CPRC or equivalent (need not be current) & 16 years old by the last day.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions Location No Class(es) Free Class(es) UBC Student CSC / UNA Staff / Faculty Public
National Lifeguard Sat/Sun 9:00AM - 1:00PM Mar 28 Apr 19 6 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre $351.50 $351.50 $351.50 $390.50
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This session tests the candidates in all required in all skills and procedures necessary to meet the NLS recertification requirements. Both a practical and written exam is required.
Prerequisite: Current SFA and/or AEC and CPR C is required. NLS award (up to 3 years past expiry).

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions Location No Class(es) Free Class(es) UBC Student CSC / UNA Staff / Faculty Public
National Lifeguard Combined Pre/Recertification Sat 9:00AM - 1:00PM Jan 11 Jan 11 1 session UBC Aquatic Centre $103.00 $103.00 $103.00 $114.25
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National Lifeguard Combined Pre/Recertification Sat 9:00AM - 1:00PM Apr 11 Apr 11 1 session UBC Aquatic Centre $103.00 $103.00 $103.00 $114.25
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If you want to work at UBC, you will also need Step 5: Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Develop competence in class management, teaching, evaluation, safety supervision, leadership, communication and administration. Allows candidate to 'experience, analyze and apply' competencies to instructing the Water Safety Program. 100% attendance and participation mandatory.

Prerequisites: 16 years old (by the first day of the course) and Assistant Water Safety Instructor course is required. Practicum included in the course.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions Location No Class(es) Free Class(es) UBC Student CSC / UNA Staff / Faculty Public
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Sun 9:00AM - 12:00PM Jan 12 Feb 23 6 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre Feb 16 $527.18 $527.18 $527.18 $585.75
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Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Sun 9:00AM - 12:00PM Mar 8 Apr 19 6 sessions UBC Aquatic Centre Apr 12 $527.18 $527.18 $527.18 $585.75
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Designed to support Water Safety Instructors in delivery of the new Red Cross Swim Programs (Preschool, Kids and Aqua Adults). In addition to the Canadian Red Cross Update, instructors receive further training in injury prevention, progressive learning and a professional development session.
Prerequisites: Current WSI award or expired WSI within 2 years.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions Location No Class(es) Free Class(es) UBC Student CSC / UNA Staff / Faculty Public
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recertification Sat 2:00PM - 4:00PM Jan 25 Jan 25 1 session UBC Aquatic Centre $86.40 $86.40 $86.40 $96.00
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Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recertification Sat 2:00PM - 4:00PM Feb 29 Feb 29 1 session UBC Aquatic Centre $86.40 $86.40 $86.40 $96.00
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Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recertification Sat 2:00PM - 4:00PM Apr 18 Apr 18 1 session UBC Aquatic Centre $86.40 $86.40 $86.40 $96.00
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Have all your certifications?

Apply to be a Lifeguard & Swim Instructor at the UBC Aquatic Centre! We’re always looking for motivated and responsible candidates. To apply email us a copy of your resume and coverletter.


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