The Lifesaving Instructor course prepares individuals to
organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills
and resuscitation techniques in the Society's lifesaving and first
aid awards. Because the Society's first aid courses are recognized
by Ontario's Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), the
Society complies with WSIB's request that only "first aid
instructors" teach WSIB-approved courses. Successful candidates on
the Lifesaving Instructor course receive two certification cards:
Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor.
Current Lifesaving Instructors are certified to teach:
- Canadian Swim Patrol Program
- Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Wading Pool
- Lifesaving Fitness, Distinction
Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate all items and certify
candidates in Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star and Lifesaving
Fitness. Instructors evaluate some items in Bronze Medallion,
Bronze Cross and Distinction, but only Examiners may certify
candidates in these awards.
Current Emergency First Aid Instructors are certified to teach
and certify candidates in Basic First Aid, Emergency First Aid and
CPR-A, -B, -C.
Prerequisites: 16 years of age by the end of
the course; Bronze Cross or NLS certification (need not be
current). Do you
have the prerequisites to take this course?
Evaluation & certification: The Lifesaving
Instructor Trainer evaluates and certifies Lifesaving Instructor
candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be
"current" for 24 months from the certification date.
Candidate recognition: Certification card and
Course length: Approx. 20 hr. classroom and
water time (often 40 hr. when combined with the Lifesaving Society
Swim Instructor Course or the instructor course of other
Required reference material: Lifesaving
Instructor Pac; includes Instructor Notes, Swim Patrol
Award Guide, Bronze Medals Award Guide, First Aid
Award Guide, Lifesaving Images Binder.
Costs: In addition to the required reference
materials, a certification fee is payable to the Lifesaving
Society. Course organizers charge a fee to cover the costs of
running the course.
Recertification: Instructors remain current
by recertifying within 24 months of the last certification
date. Recertification is through the Society's professional
development credit system. Is it time to