Lifeguard Training

Become a Lifeguard with ALT International

Certifications Required to Become a Lifeguard

  1. Bronze Medallion
  2. Bronze Cross
  3. Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED
  4. National Lifeguard Service (NLS)
  5. Advanced Aquatic Leadership Training (ALT) Basic Lifeguard Level 1 (for employment with LRG/myreccentre)

Certifications Required to Become a Swimming Instructor

  1. Assistant Water Safety Instructor (AWSI)
  2. Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Certifications Required to Become a Lifesaving Instructor

  1. Bronze Cross
  2. Lifesaving Instructor (LSI)

Aqua Club 3 Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn self-rescue techniques, defense and release methods, and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Bronze Medallion includes the CPR-A certification.

Prerequisites 13 years old (by last day of course) or Bronze Star

Aqua Club 4 Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge or more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic facilities.

Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies, while developing stroke endurance and fitness training skills.

Bronze Cross includes the CPR-C certification and is one of the prerequisite awards for all advanced Lifeguarding and Leadership training programs. Bronze Cross is worth 2 Grade 11 High School credits.

Prerequisites Bronze Medallion

Advanced Aquatic Leadership Training (ALT) Lifeguard

This lifeguarding course package includes the following awards: ALT Basic Lifeguard Level 1, Standard First Aid including CPR-C and AED, and National Lifeguard Service (NLS).

This course is the final one in becoming a certified pool lifeguard. The training is designed to teach the principles and develop the lifeguarding skills to effectively manage pool emergencies.

Prerequisites Bronze Cross and 16 years old (by last day of course)

Assistant Water Safety Instructor

In this prerequisite for the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course, candidates learn foundation instructional skills including teaching methods, learning styles, physical principles, progressions, communication, safety supervision and feedback.

Prerequisites 15 years old (by last day of course)

Water Safety Instructor

Instructor candidates focus on how to apply information from the Assistant Water Safety Instructor course and develop additional instructional skills, stroke development, drills and corrective strategies to plan, teach and evaluate the Red Cross Swim continuum.

Prerequisites Assistant Water Safety Instructor and 15 years old (by last day of course)

Lifesaving Instructor

A Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) is trained to teach and evaluate the Canadian Swim Patrol program, Bronze programs, Fitness, and Excellence programs. Instructor candidates are taught learning styles and teaching methods as they apply to water rescue, first aid and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation. The Lifesaving Instructor certification is the prerequisite for all other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications.

Prerequisites: Bronze Cross and 16 years old (by last day of course)

High School Credits

British Columbia and Yukon high school students may use their Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Instructor, NLS, Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor (AWSI), and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certifications for external high school graduation credits towards high school graduation. The Red Cross First Aid Instructor program is also eligible for external credits for high school students 18 years of age and older.


  1. Bronze Cross is worth two (2) credits for Grade 11
  2. Lifesaving Instructor + Bronze Cross are worth three (3) credits for Grade 11
  3. NLS is worth two (2) credits for Grade 12
  4. AWSI is worth two (2) credits for Grade 10
  5. WSI is worth two (2) credits for Grade 11
  6. Red Cross First Aid Instructor is worth two (2) credits for Grade 11.


  1. Students may only use these credits for the assigned grades [i.e. students cannot combine both certifications towards one grade].
  2. The awards do not need to be current.
  3. If the student has already used Bronze Cross for two (2) credits, then completes Lifesaving Instructor at a later date, they can replace the two (2) credits from Bronze Cross with three (3) credits for Lifesaving Instructor and Bronze Cross combined.
  4. There is no limit to the number of external credits that can be credited for elective courses.


  1. Students are asked to inform their school counselor in charge of curriculum that they wish to use these certifications as part of the "External Credit Program".
  2. Students will be asked to provide proof of their certification card(s).

For more information, talk to your school counselor or see the Ministry of Education's Course Information for the Graduation Program

About ALT International

Founded in 1974, ALT International is one of the most experienced aquatic, rescue, and leadership training agencies in Canada. ALT International's standards are unsurpassed as our dedication to on-going research ensures that learners are trained with the most up-to-date information and techniques. Our high learner success rate results from a carefully crafted combination of inspiring and highly skilled instructors committed to creating a fun and dynamic learning environment, and ALT International's specifically designed student manual, workbook, lecture, and hands-on, practical sessions.

ALT International is an authorized provider and delivery partner for the Canadian Red Cross and a recognized Worksafe BC Training Facility.

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