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 eight pools–4 indoor and 4 outdoor pools in neighbourhoods across the city. We offer all the Lifesaving Society and Red Cross 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

Your steps to becoming certified

If you're passionate about water safety and want to make a difference in the lives of others, follow this path to become a certified lifeguard and swim instructor.

Do you need more information?

If you have questions about our certification courses, start online. If you still have questions, visit the front desk at these recreation centres with indoor pools (sorry, we don't have information on becoming a lifeguard at our outdoor pools). If they don't have the answer, they'll put you in touch with a pool supervisor or staff person who can help you.

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