Award Prerequisites At A Glance

Proof of First Aid Prerequisite

The Lifesaving Society accepts Emergency First Aid (EFA) and Standard First Aid (SFA) certificates as prerequisites only from the following agencies:

  • Lifesaving Society
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • St. John Ambulance
  • Canadian Ski Patrol

When a first aid certification from an agency other than the Lifesaving Society is used as a prerequisite for a Lifesaving Society award, a photocopy of the certification card must accompany the Lifesaving Society test sheets. The Society will not issue awards if this proof of prerequisite is missing.

Affiliates: please notify Bronze Cross and National Lifeguard candidates of this prerequisite requirement in your promotional materials and at registration locations. Before you submit test sheets to the Society, please attach copies of prerequisites when necessary.

Other Prerequisite Policies

  • Proof of prerequisites must be available to the examiner.
  • Candidates must attain the age prerequisite by the end of the course or the examination date.
  • Prerequisite awards must be earned prior to the start date of the course to which they apply. (Awards taken concurrently will be deemed to have been earned in the correct order.)
  • Prerequisite awards need not be current.

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Standard First Aid Recertification

Ontario's Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) policies state that:

  • Standard First Aid (full course) must have been earned within 36 months in order to attend a recertification course.
  • Candidates must alternate between an original course and a recertification course.

Current SFA award holders may recertify their Lifesaving Society SFA certification just once on a Lifesaving Society SFA Recertification course not more than three years from the Standard First Aid date of issue. To renew SFA certifications subsequently, award holders must repeat the full SFA course. Thereafter, individuals may renew by alternating recertifications and original courses.

Holders of Standard First Aid certificates from other agencies may not recertify their certificate on a Lifesaving Society recertification course. They may recertify only with the original certifying agency.

Lifesaving award prerequisites

Junior Lifeguard Club → Canadian Swim to Survive standard

Rookie, Ranger, or Star Patrol → None

Bronze Star → None, Swim Patrol recommended

Bronze Medallion → Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star

Bronze Cross → Bronze Medallion, Standard or Emergency First Aid certification from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol

Distinction → Bronze Cross

Boat Rescue → Basic swimming and craft-handling ability

Lifesaving Fitness → 30 years of age or less, or medical approval

First Aid award prerequisites

Basic First Aid → None

Emergency First Aid (EFA) → None

Standard First Aid (SFA) → None

CPR A, B or C → None

CPR-HCP → None

Automated External Defibrillation (AED) → CPR

Airway Management → Standard First Aid from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol

Anaphylaxis Rescuer → None

Lifeguarding award prerequisites

Patrol Rider → National Lifeguard (Waterfront or Surf recommended), Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) Card

Wading Pool Attendant → Minimum 14 years of age, Standard or Emergency First Aid certification from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol

National Lifeguard Pool → Minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol

National Lifeguard Waterfront → Minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid certification from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol

National Lifeguard Waterpark → National Lifeguard Pool

National Lifeguard Surf → National Lifeguard Waterfront

Swim for Life award prerequisites

Parent & Tot 1 → None, children 4-12 months

Parent & Tot 2 → None, children 12-24 months

Parent & Tot 3 → None, children 2-3 years

Preschool 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 → None, children 3-5 years

Swimmer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 → None, children 5 years and up

Adult 1, 2, 3 → None, adults all ages

Fitness Swimmer → None, all ages

Safety Management Award Prerequisites

Aquatic Supervisor → National Lifeguard or Lifesaving Instructor or Swim Instructor certification; and 100 hours experience as a lifeguard and/or instructor

Aquatic Management Training → None

Aquatic Safety Inspector → None

Aquatic Safety Auditor → Aquatic Safety Inspector

Pool Operator Level 1 → None

Pool Operator Level 2 → Pool Operator Level 1 or equivalent

SEE Auditor → National Lifeguard and minimum 100 hours lifeguarding experience, or National Lifeguard Examiner, or Aquatic Supervisor or Aquatic Management Training

Aquatic Safety Chief Auditor → Aquatic Safety Auditor

Lifesaving SPort Prerequisites

Sport Fundamentals (Level 1-5) → None. Minimum 8 years of age and Swimmer 3 recommended

Community Official → Minimum 13 years of age

Pool Official → Minimum 16 years of age, Community Official, experience

Open Water Official → Minimum 16 years of age, Community Official, experience

Emergency Response Official → Minimum 16 years of age, Community Official, experience

Leadership Award Prerequisites

Assistant Instructor → Minimum 14 years of age, Bronze Cross

Swim Instructor → Minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross

Lifesaving Instructor → Minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross

Advanced Instructor → Lifesaving Instructor

National Lifeguard Instructor → National Lifeguard, Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor

Standard First Aid Instructor → Standard First Aid certification (from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol), Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor (or SFA and Core Instructor)

Health Care Provider Instructor → Lifesaving Society CPR-HCP, Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Instructor

Airway Managment Instructor → Lifesaving Society Airway Management, Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Instructor

Lifesaving Sport Coach Level 1 → Lifesaving Instructor

Officials Instructor → Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor, Pool or Open Water or Emergency Response Official, experience

Aquatic Supervisor Instructor → Aquatic Supervisor, Lifesaving Instructor,
Advanced Instructor

Aquatic Safety Inspector Instructor → Aquatic Safety Inspector, Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor

Aquatic Safety Auditor Instructor → Aquatic Safety Auditor, Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor

Aquatic Safety Chief Auditor Instructor → Aquatic Safety Auditor Instructor

SEE Auditor Instructor → SEE Auditor, National Lifeguard Examiner or Aquatic Supervisor Instructor

Pool Operator Instructor → Lifesaving Society Pool Operator Level 2, Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor

Examiner → Experienced Instructor in the relevant program area(s)

Instructor Trainer → Experienced Examiner in the relevant program area(s)

Lifesaving Sport Coach Trainer → Examiner, Lifesaving Sport Coach, Coach experience

Lifesaving Sport Official Trainer → Examiner, Officials Instructor

Provincial Trainer → Experienced Instructor Trainer