Lifeguard Program Print Article Font Size

To stay up-to-date on pool operations for the 2021 season, click here to check out for updates as they become available.

Becoming a lifeguard isn’t just for teens, its for people of all ages! 

spinals.jpgMake an investment in yourself and your future with our lifeguard certification program. The Town of Golden provides the highest standards of excellence in training and instruction through affordable, hands-on courses. Here's why you should jump in to a career at the pool:
 ✔ Have a rewarding job that offers great pay and flexible hours;⁣
 ✔ Join a positive work environment;⁣
 ✔ Be part of an awesome team;⁣
 ✔ Learn valuable lifelong skills;⁣
 ✔ Make a difference and an impact on the lives of others and your community; and⁣
 ✔ Have FUN!

Whether you’ve been certified in the past or not, we offer all of the courses you need to become a lifeguard, right here in Golden!

Have question about becoming a lifeguard? 

Email: Send an email to to chat with one of or Recreation Services Coordinators.

Financial assistance: Course fee financial assistance is available for successful candidates. For more information, contact:

Upcoming courses in 2021:lifeguard-path.PNG

For more details, including course descriptions, click here.

4 components:
  1. Online Component
    1. At your own pace prior to course start-date
  2. Skills Assessment
    1. Friday, June 4: 4-9pm
  3. Team Teach
    1. Various dates in June (Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and weekdays 3-5pm)
  4. Classroom and Pool Component
    1. Thursday, June, 17: 4-9pm             
    2. Friday June, 18: 4-9pm
    3. Saturday June, 19: 8:30am-6:00pm
    4. Sunday June, 20: 8:30am-6:00pm
               Thursday, June 3                4-9pm
               Saturday, June 5                 8:30am-6:00pm
               Sunday, June 6                    8:30am-6:00pm
               Thursday, June 24              4-9pm
               Friday, June 25                   4-9pm
               Saturday, June 26              8:30am-6:00pm
               Sunday, June 27                 8:30am-6:00pm
July 5-9th 9:00am – 1:00pm
July 19-23 9:00am – 1:00pm
If you are interested in enrolling in any of the listed courses, please contact or Chelsey Keefer, Aquatics Lead at 250-344-0120 to hold your spot.
Online registration and payment will be coming soon in May 2021.


To become a lifeguard at the Golden Swimming Pool you need to obtain National Lifeguard and Red Cross Water Safety Instructor  certifications. Check out the steps below to find out how you can achieve both certifications.

National Lifeguard (NL)

Step 1: Standard First Aid & CPR-C
In this course you will learn comprehensive First Aid & CPR techniques, setting you up for success to respond to emergencies at work and at home. This course is OFA 1 Equivalent.

Step 2: Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross
Earn your Bronze Medallion (BM) and Bronze Cross (BC)! Learn everything from the basics to the advanced techniques in lifesaving to prepare you for National Lifeguard certification.

Course Prerequisites: Must be at least 13 years old or have Bronze Star.

Step 3: National Lifeguard
Be a lifeguard anywhere in Canada! Getting certified through the National Lifeguard program is recognized as the standard measure of lifeguard performance in Canada. This course emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies. 

Course prerequisites:  Must be 16 by the last day of the course, have Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid (need not be current) from a recognized agency: Lifesaving Society, Red Cross, Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Ski Patrol, St. John’s Ambulance

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) 

Register for the full course (Step 1 - 4) and save! For the full course pay only $400, or register for each course separately at the prices listed below.

Prerequisites: To register for this course you must have Bronze Cross OR Emergency First Aid OR Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard (need not be current). 

Step 1: Skills Evaluation
Show us that you have the strokes and skills equivalent to Swim Kids 10. Don't worry, if you don't pass the first time, get some practice and register for another evaluation, this step just needs to be completed prior to the first day of Step 4 of  WSI certification.

Step 2: Online Course
Take the online course on your own time with support from one of our instructors. This course needs to be completed before you can stake Step 4. It takes approximately 14-20 hours to complete. 

Step 3: Teaching Experience
Get real life experience! Assist during real swim lessons under the supervision of two Water Safety Instructors. The evaluation is based on teaching and correcting skills, and the completion of lesson plans and worksheets. 

Step 4: Classroom/Pool
The last and final step in the certification process will bring together your knowledge and experience from the online and teaching components. The focus of this course will be on how to effectively plan, teach and evaluate the Red Cross Swim Program. 


If you've been certified in the past, we can help get you recertified!

Standard First Aid Recertification

Prerequisites: Must have proof of certification from a recognized agency: Lifesaving Society, Red Cross, Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Ski Patrol, St. John’s Ambulance

CPR-C Recertification

Prerequisites: Must have proof of certification from a recognized agency: Lifesaving Society, Red Cross, Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Ski Patrol, St. John’s Ambulance

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Recertification

Prerequisites: Must have taken WSI (1996 or after) and have proof of certification. If you were first certified after Jan. 1 2016, you must complete three online WSI Pro-D courses before you attend the recertification course.

National Lifeguard (NL) Recertification

Prerequisites: Must provide proof of having NL certification on day one of the course. Having current CPR-C is recommended but not mandatory. It is recommended that lapsed NL certification be within the last 10 years, but this not mandatory.


Registration Information
​Minimum registration in most cases is 3-6 in order for a class to run. Register early to make sure you get a spot!

Payment is required to hold a spot in a class. Registration for leadership courses closes two weeks prior to course start dates.

For more information call Chelsey Keefer, Rec Cooridnator at 250-344-0120 or email 

If you cancel/withdraw at least seven days before the start date there will be no charge or you will recieve a full refund.  
If you cancel/withdraw within seven day sof the course start date there will be a $10 administration fee charged unless accompanied with valid doctor’s note.
If you cancel/withdraw after the second lesson you will be charged the full price of the course