Pool Attendant

Pool Attendant certification replaces Wading Pool Attendant certification, which will be retired December 31, 2023. Affiliates may start offering Pool Attendant as soon as their Lifesaving Instructors have the award guide (link below) and are comfortable with the material.

The Lifesaving Society’s Pool Attendant certification is designed to provide lifesavers with the knowledge and skill to supervise wading pools, splashpads, waterslides and amusement devices.


A wading pool is defined as a body of water less than 0.75 metres (2 feet, 6 inches) in depth, that is held in a fill and dump facility or is re-circulated through a filtering and water treatment system. A slide can be stand-alone or part of a waterslide operation with a starting zone, channel and landing zone.

As a result of this training program, candidates will understand:

  • roles and responsibilities of a Pool Attendant
  • how to identify, control and eliminate risks and hazards through facility analysis
  • the role and rescue skills needed to respond to emergency situations

View test items: Pool Attendant At-a-glance

Prerequisites: Minimum 14 years of age, Standard First Aid certification.

Evaluation and certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors teach and certify candidates.

Recertification: Pool Attendant is recertified by successfully completing a Pool Attendant course.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Required references: There are no required references for candidates. Use the Pool Attendant PowerPoint presentation and handout as appropriate to support key messages. You can also supplement with other handouts or references as applicable.


Pool Attendant Award Guide Cover

Instructor references: Instructors require the Pool Attendant Award Guide, and PowerPoint Presentation. Where applicable, reference provincial regulations (e.g., the Lifesaving Society’s Guide to Ontario Public Pools Regulation).

Technical resources that support test item content are listed in the bottom of the Notes column. CLM refers to Canadian Lifesaving Manual, CFAM refers to the Canadian First Aid Manual, Alert refers to Alert: Lifeguarding in Action.

Some content required in the Pool Attendant award is not found in the current edition of the Canadian Lifesaving Manual. These content and additional resource handouts are provided in the Supplement, pg. 20.

Required equipment: Classroom supplies such as tables, chairs, flip chart paper, stand and markers, masking tape, and A/V equipment. First aid supplies including barrier devices, adult, child, and infant CPR training manikins, and AED Trainers.

Facility requirements: A wading pool environment with depths no more than 0.75 metres.