Portage Pool offers a variety of leadership courses on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross and The Lifesaving Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories.

First Aid

Portage Pool offers first aid courses and recertification courses throughout the year. We’re able to offer Alberta workplace approved courses through the Lifesaving Society, which is recognized as a valid first aid course for almost all purposes – contact us if you have concerns.

  • Standard First Aid including CPR-C & AED
  • CPR only courses up to and including HCP
  • Aquatic Emergency Care
  • Oxygen Administration

Becoming 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


  1. If you’re aged 13+, enrol in Bronze Cross.
  2. If you passed Bronze Cross, enrol in an Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid Course (available from Portage Pool).
  3. When you’re aged 16+, have Bronze Cross, and the workplace approved Standard First Aid, enrol in a National Lifeguard Pool Original course.

These courses don’t teach you proper swimming technique, so if you’re concerned about your swimming skills, either ask us for advice or pop into our Adult & Teen swimming lessons.

Email us at poolstaff@laclabichecounty.com or give us a call at 780-623-6777.

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!

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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