The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Current Swim Instructors teach and certify candidates in all levels of the Swim for Life® program.

Prerequisites: 15 years of age by the end of the Swim Instructor Course, and Bronze Cross (or higher) certification.

Instruction and certification: Current Swim Instructor Trainers teach and certify candidates.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Required references: Swim Instructor Pack: includes Instructor Manual, Swim for Life Award Guide, Teaching Swim for Life and binder. Candidates should bring their Canadian Lifesaving Manual for on-course reference.

Instructional time: Affiliates may choose to deliver this in a variety of formats (e.g., course, tutorial, self-study). Frequently, Swim Instructor is offered as a stand-alone course or combined with the Lifesaving Instructor course. Actual time needed may vary depending on course format, number of candidates and the learning activities selected. Breaks require additional time. Based on 12–16 candidates:

Swim Instructor Course



Total Time (32hr.)

12 hr.

20 hr.


Combined Swim and
Lifesaving Instructor Course



Total Time (40 hr.)

17.5 hr.

22.5 hr.



The Lifesaving Society exam fee applies to successful and unsuccessful candidates alike.