Assistant Instructor

Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized.

Prerequisites: 14 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross or higher certification (need not be current). Do you have the prerequisites to take this course?

Instruction & certification: Current Swim Instructor Trainers or Lifesaving Instructor Trainers teach and certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Assistant Instructor course: 18 hr. This checklist identifies the learning outcomes that you must achieve in order to be successful on the course.

Required references: Canadian Lifesaving Manual for on-course reference. Our Assistant Instructor Workbook is recommended. (Note that some affiliates provide materials to candidates, and some require candidates to purchase materials on their own. Double check before you purchase.)

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: Assistant Instructor certification need not be recertified.