Leadership Courses

Become a Lifeguard and/or Instructor with Talisman Centre!

For course dates and prices, please visit our Online Registration portal or our Registered Programs page for a downloadable PDF of our current Price List. 

Bronze Star  LTAD 37

Bronze Star is a pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn CPR and develop Water SmartĀ® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes CPR A.

Prerequisites: None

Bronze Medallion    LTAD 37

Prerequisites: Bronze Star or 13 years old

The Bronze Medallion Award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness.

Rescuers learn tows, carries, and defence and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types.

Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Includes CPR A.

Canadian Lifesaving Manual and exam fees are included! Swimming ability should be at a SEARS I Can Swim Stage 4 or Red Cross Swim Kids 10.

Bronze Cross    LTAD 37

Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.

Bronze Cross is the prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Includes CPR C.

Exam fees are included!

National Lifeguard    LTAD 37

Prerequisites: Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid and a minimum of 16 years of age

The primary role of the National Lifeguard is the prevention of emergency situations and the timely and effective resolution of emergencies.

The National Lifeguard certification prepares lifeguards to fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatic activities in a pool setting.

The National Lifeguard program develops the basic lifeguarding skills, principles, and decision-making process to help lifeguards evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies.

Manual and exam fees are included!

National Lifeguard Recertification  LTAD 37

The Lifesaving Society is pleased to release a National Lifeguard Pool Recertification Guide which can be downloaded from the website: The guide is designed as a resource for candidates to prepare and familiarize with the items covered in a National Lifeguard recertification. Certification is based on the ability to meet the purpose statements and ALL performance criteria (Must Sees). Candidates are encouraged to practice skills and review knowledge to prepare for the recertification course. Ongoing training and maintaining an appropriate level of fitness is important to being able to lifeguard effectively.

National Lifeguard Instructor Clinic  LTAD 37

The National Lifeguard Instructor/ Examiner clinic prepares candidates to teach and evaluate National Lifeguard courses. Candidates learn specific strategies designed to train lifeguards in advanced rescue techniques, public relations issues, and first aid, as well as how to present material that will prepare lifeguards for any major aspect of supervising the public in an aquatic setting. Candidates are required to complete an apprenticeship after the clinic.

Prerequisites: Application, current National Lifeguard option, and current Lifesaving Instructor/ Examiner.

Lifesaving Instructor    LTAD 37

Prerequisites: 16 years old and Bronze Cross or higher

Lifesaving Instructors/ Examiners are trained to teach and evaluate the three Canadian Swim Patrol Program awards, as well as the Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and Distinction certifications. Instructor/ Examiner candidates are trained in aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach water rescue, first aid, and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation.

The Lifesaving Instructor/ Examiner certification is the prerequisite for all other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications. Certification in Alberta & Northwest Territories includes Advanced Instructor, Examination Standards Clinic, and Lifesaving CPR Instructor/ Examiner certifications.

Certification is obtained by taking a Lifesaving Instructor course.

Lifesaving Instructor Recertification  LTAD 37

The Swim / Lifesaving Instructor Recertification Course evaluates instructor skills, provides instructors with updates from the Lifesaving Society, will be an opportunity for instructors to give feedback to the Lifesaving Society and is the required component for lifesaving instructor and swim instructor recertification. There is an in-water portion.

Note: Lifesaving Instructors & Lifesaving Swim Instructors can attend this recertification. It also automatically recertifies your Lifesaving CPR Instructor Award, and any Lifesaving Education & Proficiency awards you hold.


Standard First Aid  LTAD 37

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training of all aspects of first aid and CPR. This course is for those who want an in-depth understanding of basic emergency first aid procedure. You will come out of this course equipped with the knowledge and skill base to treat breaks, sprains, strains, hot/cold injuries, chest injuries, burns, and sudden medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C certification.

Prerequisites: None

Standard First Aid Instructor  LTAD 37

The Lifesaving First Aid Instructor/ Examiner course prepares instructors to teach and evaluate first aid skills. Lifesaving First Aid Instructors/ Examiners deliver the Society's Emergency First Aid (EFA), Standard First Aid (SFA), CPR, and Oxygen Administration courses (02).

Prerequisites: 16-hour Course: Approved Application, Lifesaving Instructor and Lifesaving Standard First Aid or Aquatic Emergency Care.


I Can Swim Certification

Designed for candidates with no previous swimming teacher certification, the I Can Swim Full Teacher course provides the I Can Swim philosophy, fundamental knowledge and skill base for teaching I Can Swim lessons. Preschool, Child and Youth, as well as Adult lesson instruction is included.

Prerequisites: 15 years+, and current Bronze Cross or NL Award

For more information, please contact:

Rachel Baird, Aquatic Program Manager
Phone: 403.355.1261