Become a Lifeguard

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Most people believe lifeguards simply stand on deck and watch swimmers all day. But safety supervision and patron surveillance is more complicated than it appears, and it also makes up only about half of a lifeguard's duties. At the Leduc Recreation Centre, lifeguards provide first aid services for the entire LRC. We treat anything from a simple sprain to a suspected spinal or head trauma. There are two ways to become a certified lifeguard: through the Lifesaving Society or through the Red Cross. You can receive both certifications, or just one; either program will allow you to work as a lifeguard.

How to Register

Check out our Registered Lifeguard programs online or call Guest Services at 780-980-7120.

Lifesaving Society Certification

Certification Pre-Requisite Description
Bronze Medallion 13 years or older, or have your Bronze star certification You'll learn tows and carries, defense and release methods to prepare for challenging rescues of increased risk, involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. You'll also learn CPR and First Aid skills.
Bronze Cross Bronze Medallion You'll use your skills to address challenging situations while learning about safe supervision.

Once you've finished the Bronze Cross, you can go on to your Lifeguarding Society certification, or transfer into the Red Cross program.

Lifesaving Society National Certification (NL) At least 16 years old, finished the Bronze Cross Course, and have Standard First Aid (SFA) or Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC). You'll develop an understanding of lifeguard principles, good judgment, and a mature, responsible attitude towards your role as a lifeguard. To remain valid, you must be re certified every two years.


For more information on the program, please see the Lifesaving Society.

Red Cross Certification

There are two ways to get your Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate:

  1. If you start through the Lifesaving Society: once you've completed the Bronze Cross level, you can take the Red Cross Lifeguard Prep Course and then continue on to the Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate program.
  2. If you start with Red Cross: You'll complete the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard Certificate and then move onto the Lifeguard Certificate.

Please note that Red Cross lifeguards must re-certify every two years.

Certification Pre-Requisite Description
Lifeguard Prep Course You must be at least 14 years old at the start of the course, able to swim to Red Cross Kids Level 10, and have a Bronze Cross certification. You'll also have to complete a pre-course assignment. This 4.5 hour course will use your skills and knowledge to prepare for the Red Cross Lifeguarding program. After the course, you'll complete a 2-hour observation assignment.

Once you've taken this course, you can go on to the Lifeguard Certificate.

Assistant Lifeguard Certificate (ALG) You must be at least 12 years old and have your Swim Kids Level 10 or higher. If you choose the Red Cross stream, this will be your first step. This 25-hour course teaches injury prevention, teamwork, basic rescues, and lifeguard skills. After the course, you'll complete a 2-hour observation assignment. 100% attendance is mandatory.
Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate (LG) You must be at 15 and have Standard First Aid training. You also need to have taken the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard Course OR the Lifeguard Prep Course. This 40-hour course will prepare you to respond to emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams, and professionally deal with the public. 100% attendance is mandatory.


For more information on this program, please see the Red Cross Lifeguarding Information

Lifeguard Job Options

Once you've got your certification, you can start working at aquatic facilities, or you can go on to get your swim instructor training and have even more job options. Here are some of the positions at the LRC. Please see the City of Leduc's employment listings to check for open positions.

Junior Lifeguard: certified as a Red Cross Lifeguard OR LSS National Lifeguards with no Water Safety Instructor qualification

Lifeguard/Instructor I & II: certified as both a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor

Senior Lifeguard/Instructor I & II: experienced as both a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor in addition to holding various additional advanced leadership certifications

Aquatic Shift Leader: experienced Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors that supervise the daily operation of the Aquatic Centre