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Become a Lifeguard & Swimming Instructor

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Do you enjoy working with people, being a role model and having fun in the water? Get certified to become a lifeguard and swimming instructor with the City of Burnaby!

Well-trained lifeguards and swimming instructors are in high demand. Burnaby has eight pools (4 indoor and 4 outdoor) that are easily accessible by public transit. 

Working as a lifeguard and swim instructor offers:

  • Opportunities to develop leadership, communication and life-saving skills
  • Fun team environment
  • Great pay
  • Flexible hours
  • Opportunities to earn high school credits   

The City of Burnaby offers all the Lifesaving Society and Red Cross courses  required to become a lifeguard and swimming instructor. We also offer re-certification courses  to keep your professional skills up to date, and a range of optional courses  to help you pass the certification requirements. 

If you are passionate about water safety and want to make a difference in the lives of others, follow these steps to become a certified lifeguard and swim instructor. 

If you have questions about our certification courses, visit the front desk of your local pool. 

Lifeguard & Swim Instructor Courses

Recommended Age

Required Course



 13+ years

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Cross

Teen Stroke Improvement

Lifeguard Skills & Fitness 

Aqua Adults 1
Aqua Adults 2

 14+ years Standard First Aid & CPR-C
   CPR-C Re-Certification 
 15+ years

Water Safety Instructor Skills and Evaluation

Water Safety Instructor

 16+ years

National Lifeguard - Pool

Lifesaving Instructor 


Water Safety Instructor Re-Certification

National Lifeguard Pool Pre / Re-Certification