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Some people cannot get enough of the water. They are passionate about swimming and want to take their training to a higher level or pursue a career as a lifeguard or swim instructor.

At MacEwan, you can take part in a number of certification programs that focus on advanced swimming skills, aquatics leadership, lifeguarding and life saving and first aid. Successful completion of leadership programs requires attendance of all classes. 🏆 indicates Campus Cup eligible. 

Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross  🏆

This combined course will help you develop an understanding of the water rescue elements: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness.


Lifesaving First Aid Instructor 🏆

The Lifesaving First Aid Instructor course prepares instructors to teach and evaluate Lifesaving Emergency First Aid, Lifesaving Standard First Aid, Aquatic Emergency Care, CPR and Oxygen Administration certifications.


Lifesaving First Aid Instructor Recertification 🏆

The First Aid Instructor Recertification course evaluates instructor level 1 leadership competencies, facilitates networking and provides instructors with updates from the Lifesaving Society.


Lifesaving Sport Coach 🏆

This course prepares instructors to coach and train athletes to participate in Lifesaving Sport programs and sanctioned competition.


National Lifeguard/Aquatic Emergency Care/O2 Original 🏆

These programs develop basic lifeguarding skills, and comprehensive training covering first aid and CPR, including Oxygen administration.


National Lifeguard/AEC or Standard First Aid/O2 Recert 🏆

Recertifications of National Lifeguard, AEC, Standard First Aid and O2


SwimAbilities Instructor 🏆

The SwimAbilities Instructor course prepares instructors to teach the SwimAbilities, a multi-level learn-to-swim program that is geared towards participants aged 3 to 16 with special needs.


Swim Instructor Examiner/Lifesaving Instructor Examiner 🏆

This program focuses on preparing the instructor to teach and evaluate the Swim for Life®, Canadian Swim Patrol and Bronze Medal programs.


Swim Instructor Examiner/Lifesaving Instructor Examiner Recert 🏆

Recertification of Swim Examiner and Lifesaving Swim Examiner.


WaterART Fitness Certification 🏆

This program is the entry level program for learning how to teach a basic aquatic fitness class.