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

Attention current Red Cross Water Safety Instructors

The Canadian Red Cross is winding down swimming lessons and lifeguard programs to focus on increasing humanitarian demands in other areas. Burnaby is excited to introduce the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program in January 2023.     

Until December 31, 2022, current Red Cross Water Safety Instructors can obtain their Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor Certification by taking a free Swim Transition Instructor Clinic. The normal instructor certification fee is waived. You’ll only need to purchase the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life Award Guide, which is needed to be successful in the clinic and to teach the Swim for Life programs.  

If the transition clinic is not completed by the end of 2022, you will need to follow all normal procedures for Life Saving Society’s Swim Instructor Certification including earning prerequisites, successfully completing the full Swim Instructor course, and paying all related costs and fees. 

For more information on how to transition to your Swim for Life Instructor Certification, visit the Lifesaving Society, BC & Yukon Branch website

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. 

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.

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