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 No Class(es) Barcode UBC Student/ Staff/ Faculty CSC/ UNA Public Register
Bronze Medallion Sat/Sun 11:00AM - 4:30PM Feb 2 Feb 10 4 sessions Feb 23, 24 80294 $190.25 $171.25 $190.25

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 No Class(es) Barcode UBC Student/ Staff/ Faculty CSC/ UNA Public Register
Bronze Cross Sat/Sun 11:00AM - 4:30PM Feb 16 Mar 3 4 sessions Feb 23, 24 80292 $190.25 $171.25 $190.25

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 Barcode UBC Student/ Staff/ Faculty CSC/ UNA Public Register
Standard First Aid Sat/Sun 9:00AM - 5:30PM Dec 1 Dec 2 2 sessions 77099 $150.50 $150.50 $167.25
Standard First Aid Sat/Sun 9:00AM - 5:00PM Jan 19 Jan 20 2 sessions 80500 $150.50 $150.50 $167.25
Standard First Aid Sat/Sun 9:00AM - 5:00PM Mar 16 Mar 17 2 sessions 80284 $150.50 $150.50 $167.25

Includes CPR-C re-cert with associated AED protocol.
Prerequisites: Must have previous SFA or AEC award

Class Day(s) Times Start End Sessions No Class(es) Barcode UBC Student/ Staff/ Faculty CSC/ UNA Public Register
Standard First Aid Recertification Sun 9:00AM - 5:30PM Nov 25 Nov 25 1 session 77106 $85.00 $85.00 $94.25
Standard First Aid Recertification Sat 9:00AM - 5:30PM Jan 5 Jan 5 1 session 80265 $85.00 $85.00 $94.25
Standard First Aid Recertification Sun 9:00AM - 5:30PM Apr 28 Apr 28 1 session 80267 $85.00 $85.00 $94.25

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 No Class(es) Barcode>

UBC Student/ Staff/ Faculty CSC/ UNA Public Register
National Lifeguard Sat/Sun 10:00AM - 5:15PM Nov 10 Dec 1 7 sessions 77111 $341.25 $341.25 $379.00
National Lifeguard Sat/Sun 9:30AM - 6:00PM Mar 30 Apr 14 6 sessions 80290 $341.25 $341.25 $379.00

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 No Class(es) Barcode UBC Student/ Staff/ Faculty CSC/ UNA Public Register
National Lifeguard Combined Pre/Recertification Sun 9:00AM - 6:00PM Dec 2 Dec 2 1 session 77102 $95.00 $95.00 $105.75
National Lifeguard Combined Pre/Recertification Sat 9:00AM - 6:00PM Jan 12 Jan 12 1 sessions 80505 $95.00 $95.00 $105.75
National Lifeguard Combined Pre/Recertification Sun 9:00AM - 6:00PM Mar 10 Mar 10 1 sessions 80286 $95.00 $95.00 $105.75

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 No Class(es) Barcode UBC Student/ Staff/ Faculty CSC/ UNA Public Register
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Sun 10:00AM - 6:00PM Mar 3 Apr 21 8 sessions 80506 $513.25 $513.25 $570.25

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 No Class(es) Barcode UBC Student/ Staff/ Faculty CSC/ UNA Public Register
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recertification Sun 10:00AM - 3:00PM Dec 2 Dec 2 1 session 77104 $83.75 $83.75 $93.25
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recertification Sun 10:00AM - 3:00PM Jan 27 Jan 27 1 sessions 80274 $83.75 $83.75 $93.25
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recertification Sun 10:00AM - 3:00PM Apr 21 Apr 21 1 sessions 80501 $83.75 $83.75 $93.25


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