“Undertow” is a term that is often misused by the general public. Lifeguards refer to most ocean currents as rip currents. They are caused by large amounts of water returning to sea after reaching shore. They do not “haul you under”, but rather, pull you out to deep water.

The Lifesaving Society offers the following courses to children, according to their age and ability:

1. Canadian Swim Patrol (ages 9-12, approximately)

Rookie Patrol
Ranger Patrol
Star Patrol

Each patrol has three components: H2O Proficiency, First Aid and Rescue.

2. Bronze Star (age 12 approximately)

The Society recommends that candidates take the Bronze Star course before taking the  Bronze Medallion.

3. Bronze Medallion (age 13)

4. Bronze Cross (age 14)

5. NLS (age 16)

Please refer to the Program section for more details.

Contact your provincial office. Contact information can be found at the top right corner of this web site. Select “Contact Us”.
Lifesaving Society Branches keep records for courses delivered in their province/territory. Contact the Branch where you took your course and request that your records be transfered to your new province of residence. The new Branch can then issue you a new card.
Lifesaving Society Branches keep records for courses delivered in their own province/territory. Contact the Branch where you took your course for a replacement card or proof of your qualifications. You will find links to all provincial Branches of the Society on the National Website at www.lifesaving.ca under Contact Us.
Contact the Branch Office responsible for the province or territory where the course was taken to determine their individual Branch policy on grace periods.
The Lifesaving Society and the Canadian Red Cross are not the same. While both organizations are registered charities, we have different mandates. The Lifesaving Society’s mission is the prevention of drownings and water related incidents. The Lifesaving Society has a full complement of programs from Parent and Tot Learn to Swim to lifesaving and lifeguarding. These programs provide Canadians with all of the skills required to keep themselves and their families safe while enjoying activities in, on or around water.

The Lifesaving Society is Canada’s lifeguarding expert and provider of Canada’s single National Lifeguard Service. The NLS standard has protected Canadians for over 40 years, a service the Lifesaving Society is proud to maintain. In addition to these programs, the Lifesaving Society provides water safety services all across Canada and prepares annual public education messages and campaigns.

If you took the boating certification course through the Lifesaving Society, but did not receive your permanent card you should contact the Lifesaving Society Branch office in the province where you took the course.
To order ACTARs (rescue manikins), rescue equipment, paddle-boards, spine boards, lifeguard T-shirts, manuals, test sheets, etc. contact your own Branch office or visit their web site.
No you don’t have to renew a BOAT license. This license is good for life anywhere in Canada.
All Lifesaving Certificates have to be recertified every two years from the date appearing on the certificate. If you continue your lifeguard training you do not have to recertify your Bronze Medallion or your Bronze Cross. These two certificates are prerequisite to the next one, but they do not have to be current to do so.
You can be an assistant lifeguard with a Bronze Cross but legally an NLS award holder must be present when you lifeguard. The NLS holder will be the official lifeguard.
Bronze Medallion is not sufficient to assist a lifeguard.
Yes, on the Ontario provincial Branch website at www.lifesavingsociety.com. Click on Find a Member and then input your member number.