Instructor Programs

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Note: In Alberta and Northwest Territories, all instructors are also examiners. In any material use of the term “instructor” is intended to by synonymous with “instructor/examiner” reflecting both roles. Some provincial branches may choose to deliver the instructor certification and examiner appointment as two separate processes.

Instructor Certification Description Prerequisite(s) Recertification
Swimming & Lifesaving      
Swim Instructor Swim Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Swim for Life® and Canadian Swim Patrol programs. The Swim Instructor course prepares instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach swimming and lifesaving. Prerequisite(s): 16 years old, Bronze Cross or higher. Apprenticeship: In course. Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification. Attend a Swim and Lifesaving Instructor recertification course. Complete a leadership development plan.
Lifesaving Instructor

Lifesaving Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Medals, Distinction, Boat Rescue and Lifesaving Society CPR programs. The Lifesaving Instructor course prepares instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach lifesaving and water rescue education – judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Lifesaving Instructor certification is the prerequisite for other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications. Certification in Alberta and Northwest Territories includes CPR Instructor certification.

Prerequisite(s): 16 years old and Bronze Cross or higher.

Apprenticeship: In course.

Appointment: Lifesaving Instructors will be appointed as Bronze Examiners by the Branch.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Attend a Swim and Lifesaving Instructor recertification course. Complete a leadership development plan.

Education & Proficiency      
Education & Proficiency Instructor Education and Proficiency Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Preschool Proficiency, Lifeguard Fitness Skills and Attendant programs. The Education and Proficiency Instructor course prepares instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach the Education and Proficiency topical streams for which they hold a candidate award in.

Prerequisite(s): Lifesaving Instructor or higher.

Apprenticeship: In course.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Attend a Swim and Lifesaving, Instructor recertification course. Complete a leadership development plan.
SwimAbilites Instructor SwimAbilities Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the SwimAbilities learn to swim program. The SwimAbilities Instructor Course prepares instructors to apply level 2 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach candidates with special needs requiring additional support for skill development and safety routines

Prerequisite(s): Current Swim or Lifesaving Instructor.

Apprenticeship: In course

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Complete distance recertification.
Lifeguarding      
National Lifeguard Instructor

National Lifeguard Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the National Lifeguard pool, waterpark, waterfront and surf programs. The National Lifeguard Instructor course prepares instructors to apply level 3 leadership competencies and strategies designed to train lifeguards and teach the National Lifeguard topical streams for which they hold a candidate award in.

Prerequisite(s): National Lifeguard in 1 of the topical streams, Lifesaving Instructor or higher.

Apprenticeship: After course. Apply to apprentice on original National Lifeguard course.

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed as National Lifeguard Examiners by the Branch and may certify candidates in in the topical streams that they have done apprenticeship in.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Attend a National Lifeguard Instructor recertification course. Complete a leadership development plan.
First Aid      
First Aid Instructor

First Aid Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Lifesaving Society CPR, Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Aquatic Emergency Care, CPR-HCP, and Oxygen Administration programs. The First Aid Instructor course prepares instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach the First Aid programs for which they hold a candidate award in.

 

18 years of age and current Lifesaving Standard First Aid or Government of Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid ~ 32 hour course

Lifesaving Instructor and current Lifesaving Standard First Aid or Government of Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid ~ 16 hour course (*)

Candidates that are eligible to attend a 16 hour course may choose to attend the entire 32 hour course.

Note: Instructor Eligibility process is available for Instructors who are certified through a Government of Alberta approved training agency. Contact the Lifesaving Society for further information.

Prerequisite(s): Current Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid or Alberta Government workplace approved standard first aid.

Apprenticeship: In course.

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed as First Aid Examiners by the Branch and may certify candidates in the topical streams for which they hold a candidate award.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Attend First Aid Instructor recertification course. Complete a leadership development plan.
CPR Instructor

CPR Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Lifesaving Society CPR A and C programs. CPR Instructors are certified through the Lifesaving Instructor and First Aid Instructor courses. CPR Instructors apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies to teach CPR and AED skills to individuals in the community such as family members, childcare workers, teachers, lifeguards and workers who require CPR certification for their job. 

 

Prerequisite(s): Current Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid or Alberta Government workplace approved standard first aid.

Apprenticeship: In course.

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed as CPR Examiners by the Branch and may certify candidates in CPR A and C.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Attend Lifesaving Instructor recertification or First Aid Instructor recertification course. Complete a leadership development plan.

CPR-HCP Instructor

CPR-HCP Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Lifesaving Society CPR-HCP program. CPR-HCP Instructors are certified through the First Aid Instructor course. CPR Instructors apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies to teach CPR-HCP to individuals in the health care professional community such as nursing students, nurses and workers who require CPR-HCP certification for their job.

Prerequisite(s): Current Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid or Alberta Government workplace approved standard first aid, CPR-HCP.

Apprenticeship: In course.

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed as CPR-HCP Examiners by the Branch and may certify candidates in CPR-HCP.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Attend Lifesaving First Aid Instructor recertification course. Complete a leadership development plan.

Lifesaving Sport      
Lifesaving Sport Coach 1 Coaches are responsible for training athletes for Lifesaving Sport and teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Junior Lifeguard Club and Lifesaving Sport programs. The Coach Level 1 course prepares Coaches to apply level 2 leadership competencies and strategies designed to coach and train athletes to participate in Lifesaving Sport programs and sanctioned competition.

Prerequisite(s): Lifesaving Instructor or higher.

Apprenticeship: In course.

Appointment: NA

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Complete distance recertification. Complete a leadership development plan.

Officials Instructor Officials Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Community Official, Pool, Open Water, Emergency Response and Meet Manager and Referee programs. The Officials Instructor course prepares instructors to apply level 3 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach the Officials topical streams for which they hold a candidate award in.

Prerequisite(s): Lifesaving Instructor or higher. Proof of officiating experience – Pool and/or Emergency Response and/or Open Water Official with a minimum of 3 different roles at a minimum of 3 different Lifesaving Sport sanctioned competitions. Recommended Meet Manager/Meet Referee role at a minimum of 1 sanctioned competition.

Apprenticeship: After course, apply to apprentice on original Officials course.

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed as Officials Examiners by the Branch and may certify candidates in the topical streams that they have done apprenticeship in.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Complete distance recertification. Complete a leadership development plan.

First Responder      
Boat Rescue for First Responder Instructor Boat Rescue for First Responders Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Boat Rescue for First Responders program. The Boat Rescue for First Responders Instructor course prepares instructors to apply level 3 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach the Boat Rescue for First Responders program.

Prerequisite(s): Lifesaving Instructor or higher. Boat Rescue for First Responders, affiliation with a public safety organization (SAR, EMS, Fire, or Police).

Apprenticeship: After course. Apply to apprentice on original Boat Rescue for First Responders course.

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed as Boat Rescue for First Responders Examiners by the Branch.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Complete distance recertification. Complete a leadership development plan.

Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Swiftwater Rescue Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Swift Water Rescue Level 1 and 2 programs. The Swiftwater Rescue Instructor course prepares instructors to apply level 3 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach the Swiftwater Rescue programs for which they hold a candidate award in.

Apprenticeship: After course. Apply to apprentice on original Swiftwater Rescue course.

Appointment: Instructors will be appointed Swiftwater Rescue program Examiners by the Branch for which they hold a candidate award in.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Complete distance recertification. Complete a leadership development plan.

BOATTM      
BOAT Instructor

BOAT Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the BOAT program. The BOAT Instructor course is Transport Canada approved and prepares instructors to apply level 1 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach the BOAT program and administer the Transport Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card boating safety test.

Note: All PCOC tests must be administered following the current BOAT Administration and Test Protocol Guide included in the Test Kit of Class Kit issued to BOAT Test Centres.

Prerequisite(s): Lifesaving Instructor or higher. Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) card, and powerboating experience is recommended.

Apprenticeship: In course.

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.

Complete Distance Recertification. Complete a leadership development plan.

 

 

 

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