Lifeguarding can be a fulfilling career path that provides a fun, social, and physically active first job for teens. Because the National Lifeguard award is recognized nationally and internationally, you can take your experience and certification anywhere! Portage Pool offers the Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard award because the Lifesaving Society is recognized throughout Canada as the standard setting certifying body for public aquatic safety for lifeguard and lifesaving training.
Lifeguards in training will learn in a group environment with an experienced NLS instructor. Leadership courses use a combination of wet and dry activities to teach components of first aid, improve physical fitness, and to develop lifeguarding principles, good judgement, and mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard.
All leadership courses include both wet and dry activities and may include additional reading or assignments to be completed outside of class time, at the discretion of the course instructor. If you are concerned that you or your child will be unable to meet the course requirements, feel free to speak with your instructor in order to receive further assistance and feedback; we’re motivated to help you learn the necessary skills required to meet your goals!
These are the first steps you should take in order to become a working lifeguard. From here, you can take many more courses to develop your experience and knowledge as a lifeguard, including Aquatic Emergency Care, NL Waterfront, NL Surf, Head Lifeguard, and more! Visit the Lifesaving Society of Alberta for more information and course listings throughout Alberta.
Portage Pool offers child and youth swimming lessons in affiliation with the Canadian Red Cross. Through the Water Safety Instructor program candidates will develop their skills and be provided with additional tools to gain employment in aquatics as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. If you’re interested in develop valuable work skills and having fun in an active workplace, becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor is right for you!
15 years or older by the last day of the WSI – Classroom and Pool, ability to perform Red Cross Swim Kids 10 strokes and skills, and hold one of the following certifications (don’t need to be current): Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross, and Emergency First Aid or equivalent.
For more information on this process, contact Portage Pool or visit the Red Cross Canada website.