Aquatic Certifications

Swim program transition FAQs

Become a lifeguard at the University of Calgary

How to become a lifeguard: 

Step 1: Complete the Lifesaving Society's Bronze Medallion course

Step 2: Complete Bronze Cross course

Step 3: Get your National Lifeguard certification

Please note, the Lifesaving Society's Swim Instructor certification is also required to be employed at the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre.

See our upcoming lifeguard and swim instructor course offerings below. 

UCalgary lifeguard gives thumbs up under water

Aquatic Certifications


National Lifeguard Recertification (NLR)

Part of the Lifesaving Society Lifeguarding Program. Recertification of your National Lifeguard (NL) certification is based on the ability to meet ALL performance criteria laid out by the Lifesaving Society. Candidates are encouraged to practice skills and review knowledge to prepare for the recertification course. Ongoing training and maintaining an appropriate level of fitness is important to being able to lifeguard effectively.

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National Lifeguard

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Bronze Medallion/Cross Combined

The Lifesaving Society's Bronze Medallion and Cross course challenges candidates both mentally and physically. Judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion/Cross training. This course emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Complete two courses for the price of one with this combined camp. 

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Bronze Medallion

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Bronze Cross

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Swim Instructor

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