Lifesaving Instructor

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 Attendant
  • 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 crest.

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 agencies).

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 recertify?

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