Lifeguarding

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Becoming Certified

Want to know what you need to start working at the pool? This consultation will both access your skills and help you develop a path to employment in Aquatics.

To book a consultation please call Vicki at 403-210-7832.

Learn more about how to become a Red Cross Swimming Instructor or Red Cross Lifeguard.

Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard Instructor

Red Cross Lifeguard. Skilled. Proud. Ready.
This instructor certification course prepares Water Safety Instructors to teach the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard Course.

UCalgary Lifeguard Games

This event represents a unique opportunity to test your lifeguard training and skills in a competitive environment. The competition includes: fitness challenges, in-pool scenarios, lifeguard skills and knowledge, first aid situations, and fun lifeguard games.

This event is open to teams of 4 certified lifeguards.

Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard

The Canadian Red Cross Lifeguard program has been developed in accordance with rigorous Red Cross quality standards and will meet all provincial/territorial legislation requirements in addition to being aligned with the international lifeguard standards.

Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard with Standard First Aid


Two certifications, one course! Take your first steps towards becoming a Red Cross lifeguard with this combo course.

Red Cross Lifeguard

Red Cross Lifeguard is a two-step certification program designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to become effective lifeguards.

Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification

In this course certified Red Cross Lifeguards will get the chance to renew and refresh their skills. Challenge your current abilities while reviewing your existing knowledge base.

NL (National Lifeguard) Recertification

The NL Recertification clinic is highly recommended for all lifeguards. Recertification of your National Lifeguard (NL) certification is based on the ability to meet ALL performance criteria (Must Sees) laid out by the Lifesaving Society. 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.

National Lifeguard Instructor

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.

Aquatic Staff Training

Current University of Calgary Aquatic Centre staff training.