Become a Lifeguard

Well-trained lifeguards and swim instructors are in high demand

Do you enjoy working with people, being a role model and having fun in the water? Get certified to become a lifeguard and swim instructor with the City of Burnaby. We have 7 pools–3 indoor and 4 outdoor pools in neighbourhoods across the city. We offer all the Lifesaving Society courses required to become a certified lifeguard and swim 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.

Benefits of working as a Burnaby lifeguard and swim instructor

  • Opportunities to earn high school credits, and develop leadership, communication and life-saving skills
  • Fun team environment
  • Great pay, flexible hours and easy transit access to our pools

Get certified

If you're 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.

These certifications are assets, but not mandatory to become a lifeguard with the City. 

  • Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) 
  • BCRPA Aquatic Fitness Leader (Aquafit)

Need more information?

If you have questions about our certification courses, start online. If you still want more information, visit the front desk at recreation centres with indoor pools.

Lifeguard and swim instructor courses

Ensure you meet the pre-requisites before signing up for a course:

Recommended Age Required Courses Optional Re-certification
10+ years   Bronze Star  
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

Swim & Lifesaving Instructor

National Lifeguard - Pool

Lifesaving Instructor

Swim for Life Instructor Transition Course

National Lifeguard Pool Pre / Re-Certification

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