Aquatic leadership programs can lead to recreation career opportunities as a lifeguard or swimming instructor. The City of Edmonton offers a progression of certification courses that provides you with the required qualifications to meet your goals.

Safety and Aquatic Certification Courses and Recertifications

Become a Swim Instructor

Complete the following programs:

  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross 

  • Red Cross Strokes & Skills Evaluation

  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

City of Edmonton aquatic instructors must have current certification in the Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross award and the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.

Pre-requisite: Must be 15 years or older and have completed Grade 10.

Become a Lifesaving Society Lifeguard

Complete the following programs:

  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross

  • Lifesaving Society Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC)

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (NL)

City of Edmonton lifeguards must have current award certification in the Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross award, the Lifesaving Society Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) award, and the Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service (NLS).

Pre-requisite: Must be 18+ years old and have completed Grade 12.

Become an AFLCA Fitness Leader

Complete the following programs:

  • Fitness Theory course

  • CPR Level A award

  • One of the following specialty courses: Aquatic Exercise Leader, Resistance Training Leader, Group Exercise Leader, Fitness for the Older Adult

AFLCA Fitness Leaders must complete 2 exams, a practical observation component, a 7-hour practicum, and pay a certification fee.

Pre-requisite: Must be 16+ years old.