Education and Proficiency Programs

The Education and Proficiency Programs have been created by and is owned by the Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch of the Lifesaving Society. The Education and Proficiency Programs may be taken before or after instructor certification. These programs may also act as a gap filler between the Bronze Medals and National Lifeguard or Swim/Lifesaving Instructor.

Program information can be found in the Education and Proficiency Program Guide.

Proficiency Programs

Proficiency programs are skill based programs that provide a foundational background to candidates. Proficiency programs build confidence and mastery of skill and knowledge. These programs focus on learning the content not learning to teach and as such do not replace instructor certifications.

Preschool Proficiency

The Preschool Proficiency program is a knowledge based program that enhances the understanding of preschoolers and how they learn, develop, and acquire skills in the water. Preschool Proficiency is not an instructor certification though it is of value to anyone wishing to enhance or revisit their skills. This can include but is not limited to: teens, adults, volunteers, caregivers, and instructors.

Prerequisite(s): 14 years of age

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: None. Must complete an original Preschool Proficiency course to remain current

SwimAbilities® Proficiency

SwimAbilities® Proficiency is a knowledge based program that enhances the understanding of working with children with special needs. Candidates will learn techniques to use while working with children with special needs including: supports, communication, skills, and safety considerations. SwimAbilities® Proficiency is not an instructor certification though it is of value to anyone needing the knowledge and skills on how to work with kids with special needs. This can include but is not limited to: teens, adults, volunteers, caregivers, and instructors.

Prerequisite(s): 14 years of age

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: None. Must complete an original SwimAbilities® Proficiency course to remain current

Lifeguard Skills

Lifeguard skills programs are skill based programs with value to both lifesavers and lifeguards. These programs will focus on foundational lifeguard skills to enhance knowledge and skills. They provide a consistent approach to training and the use of equipment. Lifeguard skills programs challenge candidates promote skill growth and development. Lifeguard skills training does not replace lifeguard training through the National Lifeguard Program.

Lifeguard Fitness Skills

The Lifeguard Fitness Skills program focuses on fitness, skills, and performance criteria allowing lifeguards and affiliates to assess and develop the fitness level of National Lifeguards and others that wish to enhance skills.

Prerequisite(s): 14 years of age and Bronze Cross (need not be current)

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Recertification: None. Must complete an original Lifeguard Fitness Skills course to remain current

Lifesaving Skindiving

Introduces swimmers to skills required to snorkel safely. Use of equipment and swimming techniques are explored. Ideal for families vacationing at the lake or in the tropics.

Prerequisite(s): Ability to Swim

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Re-certification: None. Must complete an original Lifesaving Skindiving course to remain current

Attendant Programs

Attendant programs prepare candidates for employment as attendants at indoor and outdoor aquatic and multipurpose facilities. They provide standardized training for current and future staff who do not require specific vocational training such as lifeguards, coaching staff, or personal trainers. All Attendant programs train candidates in scanning, communication, and public relations to help them monitor various areas.

Attendants and employers should understand the Lifesaving Society Certified Attendants Position Statement.

Amenity Attendant

Candidates will learn how to effectively communicate and educate the public about safe, appropriate use of facilities, and their amenities as well as how to respond to minor emergencies as part of a team. Amenity Attendants can assist in monitoring a variety of amenities in an aquatic or multipurpose facility.

Pre-requisite(s): 14 years of age and Alberta Workplace approved Emergency First Aid

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Re-certification: None. Must complete an original Amenity Attendant course to remain current

Wading Pool Attendant

Candidates will learn how to effectively communicate and educate the public about safe and appropriate use of amenities, and how to respond to minor emergencies. Wading Pool Attendants can assist in monitoring wading pools where water is less than 1.2m deep and nearby amenities.

Prerequisite(s): 14 years of age and current Aquatic Emergency Care. Recommended: Amenity Attendant

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Re-certification: None. Must complete an original Beach Attendant course to remain current

Shallow Water Attendant

Candidates will learn how to effectively communicate and educate the public about safe, appropriate use of amenities, and how to respond to minor emergencies as part of a team working with the leadership of a current National Lifeguard and under the guidance of a supervisor 18 years old (or older). Under the direction and leadership of a current National lifeguard, candidates can assist in attending to waterslide landing areas, lazy rivers, and other areas where the water is less than 1.2m deep.

Prerequisite(s): 14 years of age and current Aquatic Emergency Care OR 14 years of age, Bronze Cross (need not be current), and current AB workplace approved Emergency First Aid. Recommended: Amenity Attendant

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Re-certification: None. Must complete an original Shallow Water Attendant course to remain current

Beach Attendant

Candidates will learn how to effectively communicate and educate the public about safe and appropriate use of amenities, and how to respond to minor emergencies. Beach Attendants can assist in monitoring beachfront areas, beach amenities, and designated swimming areas where water is less than 1.2m deep.

Prerequisite(s): 14 years of age and current Aquatic Emergency Care. Recommended: Amenity Attendant

Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification

Re-certification: None. Must complete an original Beach Attendant course to remain current