Become a Lifeguard

Why become a lifeguard?

  • Great job with great pay
  • Fun & social
  • Physically active
  • Great first job or the start of a career
  • Looks great on a resume
  • Opportunities to grow
  • Become a leader
  • Nationally and internationally recognized certification

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.

How do I get there?

Worried about the fitness stuff? Let us know! We can help reassure you and recommend more training if needed. Email us at or give us a call at 780-623-6777.

NEW Leadership Discount

Are you on your way to becoming a lifeguard? Have you taken Bronze Star, Medallion, or Cross with Portage Pool? You’re eligible for a discount on your Standard First Aid course! Check out page 32 of the Spring/Summer 2018 Activity Guide for details and first aid course listings.

NEW Leadership Workshops

Drop in to practice your lifesaving skills, fitness, and rescues to achieve your goals! This is a goal oriented program, meaning you work with the instructor on the items you want to improve on.

Becoming a Swimming Instructor

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.

Pre-Course Requirements

  • 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
  • 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.

How to Pass

  • Attend, participate in, and complete 100% of all four course components.
  • WSI—Teaching Experience: complete a minimum of 4 hours in each of a Red Cross Swim Preschool and a Red Cross Swim Kids class within 6 months of finishing the WSI—Online.

For more information on this process, contact Portage Pool or visit the Red Cross Canada website.

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