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Red Cross Lifeguards who hold Standard First Aid > National Lifeguard

Canadian Red Cross Pool or Waterfront Lifeguards who hold Standard First Aid (and are a minimum of 15 years of age) transition to the corresponding National Lifeguard Pool or Waterfront certification by successfully completing a Branch-coordinated National Lifeguard Pool or Waterfront recertification.

The Lifesaving Society will not charge for the recertification exam and will waive the normal recertification fee. Fees charged by the Affiliate that hosts the recertification may apply.

Upon completion of the National Lifeguard recertification, the Lifesaving Society will issue your National Lifeguard certification. When the time comes, follow your Lifesaving Society Branch procedures to recertify.

Contact the Lifesaving Society office in your province/territory for assistance and details.

This transition path ends December 31, 2022. If you do not complete the National Lifeguard recertification in 2022, you would be required to earn the National Lifeguard prerequisites (Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross), successfully complete the full National Lifeguard course, purchase the relevant literature, and pay all related course and certification fees.