Instant Awards

Simplifying "instant" awards

The Lifesaving Society wants to make your life easier. That's why the following awards are always "instant," meaning the affiliate (you or your employer) issues the permanent certification cards along with the appropriate seals or crests directly to the successful candidates. These awards are:

  • Canadian Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star),
  • Basic First Aid, CPR-A, -B, -C,
  • Anaphylaxis Rescuer, and
  • Fitness (Bronze, Silver, Gold).

Awards are purchased from the Society in advance of the course so that they may be presented to the candidates upon successful completion of the course. The Lifesaving Society does not require a copy of the test sheets for these award levels. Just keep the test sheets on file in your office.

Failing to issue certification cards upon course completion will lead the unknowing candidate to call the Society looking for their card. The Society will have to call you - requiring you to correct the error after the fact.


Affiliates may apply to maintain an inventory of the following awards, which are prerequisites for other Society awards or recognized certifications for working as a lifeguard:

  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • Emergency First Aid with CPR B
  • Standard First Aid with CPR C
  • AED
  • Boat Rescue

For these awards, affiliates must read and understand an agreement, and strictly follow procedures for the security of inventory and submission of test results. The awards consist of a temporary card and applicable crest and/or medal. The Society maintains records of individuals who successfully complete these awards. Affiliates must submit completed test sheets immediately following the exam or last day of the course.

To order "instant" awards, call us at 416-490-8844, fax us at 416-490-8766, email us or visit us or send mail to 400 Consumers Road, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1P8.

For all other Society awards, send test sheets to the Society's office immediately upon completion of the exam. The Society records the certification on the candidate's record (which can be viewed on the Find a Member page of our website) and then issues the permanent certification card directly to the successful candidate.