Become a Lifeguard

The City of Port Coquitlam offers the Lifesaving Society and Red Cross programs required to become a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor. For more information regarding our programs, including course dates, schedules, and cost, visit

Minimum Requirements:

  • Standard First Aid
  • National Lifeguard – Pool Option
  • Water Safety Instructor

Suggested Courses & Experience:

  • 30 hours of volunteering/work  experience in aquatics
  • Lifesaving Instructor certification
  • Experience teaching/leading children

To work as an Aquatic Leader (Lifeguard & Swim Instructor) with the City of Port Coquitlam, candidates need to complete both their lifeguard and instructor certifications. If you are interested in joining the Aquatics team or want to learn more about position requirements, please speak with an Aquatics Supervisor.

 Steps to Become a Lifeguard

1) Bronze Star (Optional)

Intended for participants between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age who have a Swim Kids 8 ability or greater. This course will prepare students for Bronze Medallion. Topics covered include personal safety, first aid and fitness.

2) Bronze Medallion

Pre-requisite: 13 years of age, or completion of Bronze Star. Learn basic life-saving skills for real-life scenarios that are applicable to almost any situation.

3) Bronze Cross

Pre-requisite: Completion of Bronze Medallion Learn advanced lifesaving skills such as team rescues, as well as advanced CPR techniques to save children and infants.

4) Standard First Aid

This is comprehensive first aid training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. You will learn how to deal with bone and joint injuries, suspected spinal injuries, heat and cold illness, bumps, bruises, burns and many other medical problems. This program includes CPR-C with AED certification. This course is equivalent to OFA Level 1.

5) National Lifeguard Pool

Pre-requisite: Must be 15 years of age by the last day of the course, have completed Bronze Cross, and Standard First Aid. At the conclusion of this program, participants will be certified to be a Lifeguard. This course teaches candidates how to prevent and respond to emergencies in and around an aquatic environment.


First Aid Courses

The City of Port Coquitlam offers basic first aid training for Youth and Adults at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.

Take a first aid course, save a life.

Become a Swim Instructor

Water Safety Instructor Course

This program develops instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan, teach and evaluate the Red Cross Swim Program. Prerequisite: Must be 15 years of age or older, have completed Swim Kids 10 or equivalent, Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid or Bronze Cross.


Red Cross Water Safety instructor courses will be replaced by Lifesaving Society’s “Swim Instructor” course in 2022. More information to come.