Officials

OFFICIals CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

As the Canadian governing body for lifesaving sport, the Lifesaving Society offers a certification program for lifesaving sport officials. The Officials Certification program is designed to assist with the variety of lifesaving sport formats including Pool, Open Water and Emergency Response competitions. Certification is earned after participation and completion of each course. Experience is required to advance to the next level of the Lifesaving Sport Officials Certification program.

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Community Officials Certification

Community Officials Certification courses provide training for parents, staff and volunteers who wish to officiate lifesaving sport at the community level. The Community Officials course focuses on the duties and roles that are required in large numbers when hosting a lifesaving sport event.

Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age.

Evaluation & certification: The Lifesaving Sport Officials Instructor evaluates and certifies candidates.

Candidate recognition: No certification card is issued.

Candidate reference material: Community Officials candidates must have the following for on-course reference:

  • Canadian Officials Manual
  • ILS Competition Rule Book (purchase or download in Rule Books)

Pool, Open Water, Emergency Response Officials Certification

Pool, Open Water, Emergency Response Officials Certification courses provide training for lifesaving sport officials who wish to officiate in different roles at community, provincial and national lifesaving sport events. The courses consist of core material together with environment-specific modules leading to certification in the following options:

  • Pool Officials Certification
  • Open Water Officials Certification
  • Emergency Response Officials Certification

Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age, Lifesaving Sport Community Officials certification, min. 5 hr. experience at a sanctioned Lifesaving Sport event in a Community Officials role.

Evaluation & certification: The Lifesaving Sport Officials Instructor evaluates and certifies candidates. Officials recertify every 2 years through professional development.

Candidate recognition: No certification card is issued.

Candidate reference material: Officials candidates must have the following for on-course reference:

  • Canadian Officials Manual
  • ILS Competition Rule Book (purchase or download in Rule Books)

Meet Manager & Referee Officials Certification

Officials

The Meet Manager & Referee course is designed to prepare experienced senior officials for the duties and responsibilities of planning and running fair and safe lifesaving sport competitions.

Prerequisites: Lifesaving Sport Pool, Open Water, and/or Emergency Response Officials certification, officiating experience at a minimum of three sanctioned lifesaving sport events in a minimum three 3 different roles.

Evaluation & certification: The Lifesaving Sport Officials Instructor evaluates and certifies candidates. Officials recertify every two years through professional development.

Candidate recognition: No certification card is issued.

Candidate reference material: Officials candidates must have the following for on-course reference:

  • Canadian Officials Manual
  • ILS Competition Rule Book (purchase or download in Rule Books)

Officials Instructor Certification

Note: These courses are in development. Interested persons should contact the Lifesaving Society for the status of materials.

The Lifesaving Sport Officials Instructor evaluates and certifies candidates in the Lifesaving Sport Officials Certification program.

Prerequisites: Lifesaving Instructor, Lifesaving Sport Pool, Open Water, and/or Emergency Response Officials certification, officiating experience at a minimum of three sanctioned Lifesaving Sport events in a minimum of three different roles as well as experience as a Meet Manager & Referee.

Evaluation & certification: The Lifesaving Sport Officials Instructor Trainer evaluates and certifies candidates. Officials Instructors recertify every two years through professional development.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Candidate reference material: Officials Instructor candidates must have the following for on-course reference:

  • Officials Award Guide
  • Canadian Officials Manual
  • ILS Competition Rule Book (purchase or download in Rule Books)