Become a Lifeguard or Instructor

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

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, strong swimming ability, or completion of Bronze Star. 
Learn basic lifesaving skills for real-life scenarios that are applicable to almost any situation. Learn to save victims both dry land and in the water.

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 certification.

5) National Lifeguard Pool

Pre-requisite: Must be 16 years of age, have completed Bronze Cross, and have a current CPR-C (within one year) and Standard First Aid by the first day of the course. 
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.

Steps to Become a Swim Instructor

1) Completion of Swim Kids Level 10

Complete your Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10 or equivalent!  If you are unsure of your swimming level, come in for a free assessment.

2) Water Safety Instructor

This program develops instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan, teach and evaluate the Red Cross Swim Program.