lifeguard training

The job of a lifeguard is a dream, but to be able to sit on a watchtower wearing a cap and equipped with a whistle, you have to go through several stages.

Before taking the steps for lifesaving lessons, make sure your child has the required swimming skills:

Have completed the Lifesaving Society’s Young Lifeguard program, or
Have reached Red Cross Junior 10 level or equivalent.
You can also have your child assessed at the aquatic center closest to you, in order to find out their swimming skills. Anyway, during the first lifeguard course – Bronze Medal -, the Lifesaving Society instructor will reassess his swimming techniques.

Become a lifeguard in 4 lessons

The following aquatic continuum is the only possible course to allow your child to become a lifeguard in Quebec.

Bronze medal


Be 13 years old at the final exam or hold the Bronze Star certificate.
Demonstrate the skills and knowledge of the Canadian Red Cross Junior 10.

In addition to understanding the four elements of rescue – judgment, knowledge, skills, and physical fitness, the candidate will learn the techniques for rescuing victims.

This course will also allow him to develop better swimming techniques while improving his physical endurance. With his Bronze Medal certificate, he can then work as an assistant lifeguard in a public swimming pool (from the age of 15).

Bronze cross

Hold the Bronze Medal.

This course provides further training in lifesaving and the basics of monitoring aquatic facilities. The candidate will learn how to help a victim injured in the spine and a victim in cardiopulmonary arrest.

With his Bronze Cross certificate, he will be able to work as an assistant lifeguard in a public swimming pool (from the age of 15) and on a beach (from the age of 16).

First Aid – General / AED

Preparatory course to assume the role of the responder in an emergency situation, the candidate learns to:

Provide the necessary treatments to control an injury while waiting for pre-hospital emergency services;
use an automated external defibrillator;
administer epinephrine by auto-injector.

National lifeguard


  • Be 16 years old at the final exam.
  • Hold the Bronze Cross certificate.

Hold the First Aid – General / DEA or Emergency Aquatic / DEA certificate.
Recognized as the performance standard for lifeguards in Canada, the National Lifeguard course is designed to develop the following skills:

In-depth understanding of the principles of surveillance;
good judgment;
responsible attitude regarding the role of the lifeguard in an aquatic facility.

The National Lifeguard certificate allows you to work as an assistant lifeguard in a public swimming pool (from the age of 16) and as a lifeguard (from the age of 17).

If your child is still too young to take this program, you can enroll them in the following courses: Bronze Star or Young Lifeguard. He will be introduced to both first aid and rescue techniques while improving his physical endurance.

To find out the schedule of classes in your region, check with the managers of the aquatic center near you.