Coaches are part of a unique group of individuals that help establish Lifesaving Sport in their community. It is with their commitment and dedication that Lifesaving Sport programs will continue to thrive. 

The time and energy each Coach devotes to a Lifesaving Club will largely determine the success of the program. It is their enthusiasm that drives members' interests and commitment. 

Coaches take on responsibilities that include more than simply teaching a class. They play three key roles: 

  • Teachers: coaches focus on technical information, giving instructions and explanations, and providing feedback. 
  • Role Models: members may seek their coaches for guidance and naturally imitate their coach's behaviour and attitudes. 
  • Managers: coaches will direct team activities, and communicate with parents, coaches, and aquatic staff. 

Coaching Resources 

All Lifesaving Sport programs are taught by a Lifesaving Instructor and/or a Lifesaving Sport Coach. 

Lifesaving Instructors are certified to teach the Junior Lifeguard Club program and to coach Lifesaving Clubs. Lifesaving Instructors use the resources provided to them in their Lifesaving Instructors course.

Lifesaving Club coaches / instructors have a variety of sport programming materials available to help them prepare for a sanctioned event, develop daily, weekly and yearly seasonal planning and provide the most current rules and regulations regarding the sport of lifesaving.  

These Lifesaving Sport program resources are available to coaches / instructors to help ensure effective and quality program delivery. These resources can be found on the Member Only section of the Lifesaving Society's website.  

Coaching Certification 

The Lifesaving Sport Coach Level 1 course is designed to provide further training and support to Lifesaving Instructors who are teaching the JLC Program and coaching lifesaving clubs. Coaches will learn more about athlete development, designing club workouts, using equipment and preparing to participate in or host competitive activities and events. 

Prerequisite(s): Lifesaving Instructor 

Course Length: 9 hours 


Instructor Trainers are appointed by the Branch to deliver the Coach Level 1 course. Instructor Trainers wishing to teach the Coach Level 1 course must have their Coach Level 1 award and have experience coaching a Lifesaving Club or the Junior Lifeguard Club program. To be approved to teach the Coach Level 1 course, Instructor Trainers must submit a Practicum Application and successfully complete the practicum process for the program stream they wish to instruct in.