Aquatic Leadership


The road to becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor can be demanding, but those who choose to pursue it are rewarded with endless opportunities. Aquatic leadership programs help participants develop sound judgement, decision-making, problem-solving and communication skills that employers value. Lifeguards and swim instructors who complete their courses open doors to successful careers in the field of Recreation and beyond.

View the progression chart​ to see what steps to take to become a lifeguard and swim instructor.

View the Lifesaving Society website​ for more information about lifeguarding in Canada.


Hiring in Aquatics is based on certifications with preference given to fully certified Swimming Instructors and Lifeguards. For opportunities, please visit here. We encourage everyone 14 years of age and older possessing their Bronze Cross to apply to volunteer at their local pool. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience before joining our part-time team.