Combined Instructor

The Lifesaving Society's Combined Swimming Instructor/Lifesaving Instructor course prepares you to teach and evaluate basic swimming strokes and related skills while sharing your experience and passion for lifesaving. 


Candidates will acquire teaching methods, various stroke development exercises, rescue techniques, and correction methods. 


You will train future rescuers by teaching them first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, lifesaving techniques and skills. 


The instructor who follows the combined course can teach: 

  • All Swim for Life and Swim to Survive programs 
  • The following awards 
  • SwimPatrol 

  • Bronze Star 

  • Bronze Medallion 

    Bronze Cross 

  • The Lifesaving Instructor can also teachthe Aquatic Emergency Care course if they have the Lifesaving Society’s First Aid Instructor award. 



  • You must be 15 years old before the last day of the course 
  • You must have a Bronze Cross certificate (or higher). 


Evaluationand certification :  

A certified Swimming Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor Trainer is responsible for teaching and certifying candidates. 


Candidate recognition: Card 


Mandatory reference material: The swimming and lifesaving instructor kit; This kit includes : Instructor Manual, Swim for Life Award Guide, Swim to Survive Award Guide, Leadership Reference Manual, Leadership Competency Manual, Swim Patrol Award Guide and the Bronze Level Award Guide. Candidates should bring their Canadian Lifesaving Manual to use as a reference during the course.  


Course duration:  

  • 40 hours (based on a class of 12 to 16 candidates)  
  • The actual time required may vary depending on the course format, number of candidates and learning activities selected. Additional time must be added for breaks.