Officials Instructor

The Officials Instructor course provides candidates with an understanding of the principles and practices on which the Lifesaving Sport Officials program is based. The course explores teaching approaches and techniques appropriate for Officials candidates.

After successful completion of the course, Officials Instructors are certified to teach and evaluate the Officials certifications they hold. Specifically:

  • Officials Instructors who hold Community Official teach and certify Community Officials.
  • Officials Instructors who hold Pool Official teach and certify Pool Officials.
  • Officials Instructors who hold Open Water Official teach and certify Open Water Officials.
  • Officials Instructors who hold Emergency Response Official teach and certify Emergency Response Officials.
  • Officials Instructors who hold Meet Manager & Referee teach and certify Meet Manager & Referee.

Prerequisites: Lifesaving Instructor; Pool Official or Open Water Official, or Emergency Response Official; proof of officiating experience in at least three different Officials roles (Pool, Open Water, Emergency Response) at a minimum of three sanctioned Lifesaving Sport competitions. Do you have the prerequisites to take this course?

Instruction & certification: Current Officials Instructor Trainers teach and certify candidates.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Officials Instructor course: 12 hr. classroom instruction. This checklist identifies the learning outcomes that you must achieve in order to be successful on the course.

Required references: Officials Award Guide, Canadian Officials Manual, ILS Competition Rule Book. (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: Officials Instructor remains current by recertifying within 24 months of the last certification date. Recertification is through the Society's professional development credit systemIs it time to recertify?