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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 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.