Become a Lifeguard

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 Red Cross or Lifesaving Society. You can receive both certifications, or just one; either program will allow you to work as a lifeguard.


Current Employment Opportunities

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  • Aquatic Certification Sponsorship Program (City sponsored certification courses) – if it’s been awhile since you’ve completed your swimming lesson levels and you want to freshen up, or you’re unsure if you have a good understanding of the skills required for these courses, register for one (or more) of our FREE Aquatic Skills Assessment sessions.
  • Standard First Aid – Blended Learning (free with registration in Assistant Lifeguard or Lifeguard Course) – Blended learning pairs online learning for the First Aid theory components with a 1-day in-person skills evaluation.
  • Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard (ALG) – this is the pre-requisite course to the Red Cross Lifeguard program. Must be 13 years old and have an Emergency or Standard First Aid certificate to register. Successful participants 15+ years old are encouraged to apply on our Assistant Lifeguard position posting
  • Red Cross Lifeguard (LG) – this course certifies you to be a deck-ready Lifeguard. Successful participants of 16 years old are encouraged to apply on our Lifeguard/Instructor position posting.

How to Register

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

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 Assistant Lifeguard Transfer 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.


Certification Pre-requisite Description
Assistant Lifeguard Transfer You must be at least 13 years old at the start of the course, able to swim to Red Cross Kids Level 10, and have a Bronze Cross certification.  This 12 hour course will use your skills and knowledge to prepare for the Red Cross Lifeguarding program. 
Once you've taken this course, you can go on to the Lifeguard Certificate.
Assistant Lifeguard Certificate (ALG) You must be at least 13 years old and have your Swim Kids Level 10 or higher and Emergency First Aid CPR-C.
If you choose the Red Cross stream, this will be your first step. This 35 hour course teaches injury prevention, teamwork, basic rescues, and lifeguard skills.
Once you've taken this course, you can go on to the Lifeguard Certificate. 
Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate (LG) You must be at least 15 years old and have Standard First Aid CPR-C. You also need to have taken the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard Course OR the Assistant Lifeguard Transfer. This 44 hour course will prepare you to respond to emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams, and professionally deal with the public. 


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

Lifesaving Society Certification

Certification Pre-requisite Description
Bronze Medallion 13+ years old 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 and are 16 years old, you can go into the National Lifeguarding Society certification or take the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard Course.
National Lifeguard (NL) At least 16 years old, finished the Bronze Cross Course, and have Standard First Aid CPR-C 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.

Lifeguard Career Opportunities

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 check out the City of Leduc's employment opportunities.

Assistant Lifeguard: certified in either Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard OR Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Cross with no Water Safety Instructor or Lifeguard qualification.

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.