What’s the Prereq?

Wondering what the prerequisite is to a Lifesaving Society training program?  We now have a simplified page for award prerequisites available to our members!  Take a look at the Award Prerequisites At-A-Glance information below:

Award Prerequisites At A Glance

Proof of First Aid Prerequisite

The Lifesaving Society accepts Emergency First Aid (EFA) and Standard First Aid (SFA) certificates as prerequisites only from the following agencies:

  • Lifesaving Society
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • St. John Ambulance
  • Canadian Ski Patrol
  • CPR First Aid & Safety Services

When a first aid certification from an agency other than the Lifesaving Society is used as a prerequisite for a Lifesaving Society award, a photocopy of the certification card must accompany the Lifesaving Society test sheets. The Society will not issue awards if this proof of prerequisite is missing.

Affiliates: please notify Bronze Cross and National Lifeguard candidates of this prerequisite requirement in your promotional materials and at registration locations. Before you submit test sheets to the Society, please attach copies of prerequisites when necessary.

Other Prerequisite Policies

  • Proof of prerequisites must be available to the examiner.
  • Candidates must attain the age prerequisite by the end of the course or the examination date.
  • Prerequisite awards must be earned prior to the start date of the course to which they apply. (Awards taken concurrently will be deemed to have been earned in the correct order.)
  • Prerequisite awards need not be current.

LIFESAVING AWARD PREREQUISITES

Junior Lifeguard Club → Canadian Swim to Survive standard
Rookie, Ranger, or Star Patrol → None
Bronze Star → None, Swim Patrol recommended
Bronze Medallion → Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star
Bronze Cross → Bronze Medallion, Standard or Emergency First Aid certification from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol
Distinction → Bronze Cross
Boat Rescue → Basic swimming and craft-handling ability
Lifesaving Fitness → 30 years of age or less, or medical approval

FIRST AID AWARD PREREQUISITES

Basic First Aid → None
Emergency First Aid (EFA) → None
Standard First Aid (SFA) → None
CPR A, B or C → None
CPR-HCP → None
Automated External Defibrillation (AED) → CPR
Airway Management → Standard First Aid from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol
Anaphylaxis Rescuer → None

LIFEGUARDING AWARD PREREQUISITES

Patrol Rider → National Lifeguard (Waterfront or Surf recommended), Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) Card
Wading Pool Attendant → Minimum 14 years of age, Standard or Emergency First Aid certification from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol
National Lifeguard Pool → Minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol
National Lifeguard Waterfront → Minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid certification from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol
National Lifeguard Waterpark → National Lifeguard Pool
National Lifeguard Surf → National Lifeguard Waterfront

SWIM FOR LIFE AWARD PREREQUISITES

Parent & Tot 1 → None, children 4-12 months
Parent & Tot 2 → None, children 12-24 months
Parent & Tot 3 → None, children 2-3 years
Preschool 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 → None, children 3-5 years
Swimmer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 → None, children 5 years and up
Adult 1, 2, 3 → None, adults all ages
Fitness Swimmer → None, all ages

SAFETY MANAGEMENT AWARD PREREQUISITES

Aquatic Supervisor → National Lifeguard or Lifesaving Instructor or Swim Instructor certification; and 100 hours experience as a lifeguard and/or instructor
Aquatic Management Training → None
Aquatic Safety Inspector → None
Aquatic Safety Auditor → Aquatic Safety Inspector
Pool Operator Level 1 → None
Pool Operator Level 2 → Pool Operator Level 1 or equivalent
SEE Auditor → National Lifeguard and minimum 100 hours lifeguarding experience, or National Lifeguard Examiner, or Aquatic Supervisor or Aquatic Management Training
Aquatic Safety Chief Auditor → Aquatic Safety Auditor

LIFESAVING SPORT PREREQUISITES

Sport Fundamentals (Level 1-5) → None. Minimum 8 years of age and Swimmer 3 recommended
Community Official → Minimum 13 years of age
Pool Official → Minimum 16 years of age, Community Official, experience
Open Water Official → Minimum 16 years of age, Community Official, experience
Emergency Response Official → Minimum 16 years of age, Community Official, experience

LEADERSHIP AWARD PREREQUISITES

Assistant Instructor → Minimum 14 years of age, Bronze Cross
Swim Instructor → Minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross
Lifesaving Instructor → Minimum 16 years of age, Bronze Cross
Advanced Instructor → Lifesaving Instructor
National Lifeguard Instructor → National Lifeguard, Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor
Standard First Aid Instructor → Standard First Aid certification (from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol), Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor (or SFA and Core Instructor)
Health Care Provider Instructor → Lifesaving Society CPR-HCP, Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Instructor
Airway Managment Instructor → Lifesaving Society Airway Management, Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Instructor
Lifesaving Sport Coach Level 1 → Lifesaving Instructor
Officials Instructor → Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor, Pool or Open Water or Emergency Response Official, experience
Aquatic Supervisor Instructor → Aquatic Supervisor, Lifesaving Instructor,

Advanced Instructor

Aquatic Safety Inspector Instructor → Aquatic Safety Inspector, Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor
Aquatic Safety Auditor Instructor → Aquatic Safety Auditor, Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor
Aquatic Safety Chief Auditor Instructor → Aquatic Safety Auditor Instructor
SEE Auditor Instructor → SEE Auditor, National Lifeguard Examiner or Aquatic Supervisor Instructor
Pool Operator Instructor → Lifesaving Society Pool Operator Level 2, Lifesaving Instructor, Advanced Instructor
Examiner → Experienced Instructor in the relevant program area(s)
Instructor Trainer → Experienced Examiner in the relevant program area(s)

Lifesaving Sport Coach Trainer → Examiner, Lifesaving Sport Coach, Coach experience
Lifesaving Sport Official Trainer → Examiner, Officials Instructor
Provincial Trainer → Experienced Instructor Trainer