The Lifesaving Society appoints examiners to evaluate and certify candidates in the Society's training programs. Examiners are experienced instructors who undergo specific training in examination standards and apprenticeship with experienced examiners. With the approval of the Society's Area Chair, experienced instructors may be appointed as an examiner after the following prerequisites are met:


  • Instructor certification in the award(s) for which the instructor wishes to be appointed an examiner
  • Participation in an Examination Standards Clinic (ESC)
  • Successful co-exams with an experienced examiner in the award(s) the instructor wishes to be appointed an examiner

Upon completion of the above prerequisites, the instructor must submit the application for examiner appointment to the relevant Area Chair for consideration.

Examination Standards Clinic: Approx. 8 hr. classroom and water time. The Examination Standards Clinic (ESC) focuses on the evaluation of the Bronze medal awards and Emergency First Aid. The ESC may be run as a stand-alone clinic or attached to other instructor training programs.

Reference materials required: Canadian Lifesaving Manual, Award Guides, Examiner Training Records: Bronze Cross/Distinction, or National Lifeguard, or First Aid/AED/Airway Management/Advanced First Aid.

Co-examinations: Examiner candidates co-examine with experienced Examiners at the levels to which they seek Examiner appointment. The number of co-examinations required is at the discretion of the Area Chair. A minimum of 2 is common.

Area Chair approval: The Society appoints examiners only with the approval of the Society's Area Chairs.

Costs: There is no Lifesaving Society fee for this volunteer leadership position.


Examiner-certified awards: Only Bronze Cross Examiners may certify candidates in Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.

Only Distinction Examiners may certify Distinction candidates.

Only National Lifeguard Examiners may certify National Lifeguard candidates.

Only Standard First Aid Examiners may certify Standard First Aid candidates.

Only Airway Management Examiners may certify Airway Management candidates.

Only CPR-HCP Examiners may certify CPR-HCP candidates.