Becoming a lifeguard is a great way to learn more about teaching and coaching. You can also share your passion for swimming with others. Learn more about what we look for in lifeguards and how to become one!

Register for a course

On this page:

  1. Lifeguarding courses
  2. Register for a lifeguarding course
  3. Apply for a job
  4. Lifesaving Society

Lifeguarding courses

Young swimmers can start towards their goal of becoming a lifeguard as early as eight years old. Start with the basics by registering for Level L through level N.

Courses you need to become an aquatic assistant

Once these courses are completed, you can apply for early employment as an aquatic assistant!

Courses you need to become an instructor guard

  • The four courses to become an aquatic assistant (as listed above)
  • Swim instructor: 20-hour course (prerequisite: age 15)
  • National lifeguard: 44-hour course (prerequisite: age 15, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR-C)

Once you have completed all seven courses and are at least 16 years old, you can apply for employment as an instructor guard.

These are the requirements for lifeguarding with the City of Kitchener. Other organizations may require different prerequisites.

Register for a lifeguarding course

You can sign up for a lifeguarding course online with ActiveNet or at your local pool.

How to apply for a job as a lifeguard

Follow these steps to apply for job postings 
Internet-connected device.
Step 1: Apply to an open job posting
Check our job posting page for an open posting. Then, upload your resume and cover letter.
Step 2: Screening
We contact applicants to set up a time to test their skills. To develop these skills, register for a lifeguarding course. We offer these courses throughout the year at city pools.
Step 3: You’re hired!

We schedule orientation and training for new staff.

You must bring a copy of your Lifesaving identification number to your home pool training or print a copy of your Lifesaving Society qualifications. Print your qualifications on the Lifesaving society website.

Lifesaving Society

The Lifesaving Society works to prevent drowning and water-related injury. They set the standards for lifeguards in Ontario.