Become a Lifeguard

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

Minimum Requirements:

  • Standard First Aid or  Aquatic Emergency Care
  • 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. In preparation for our new Aquatic Facility, the City anticipates hiring upwards of 40 additional staff. 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, 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.

4a) First Aid for Aquatics

This program is designed for those wanting to be a professional lifeguard or looking for training in the care of injuries and illness common to both aquatic and non-aquatic settings.  This certification includes Standard First Aid & CPR Level C.

4b) 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 either Aquatic Emergency Care or 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. 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. 

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.