Lifesaving Instructor Recertification

Lifesaving Instructor Recertification

Lifesaving Instructors play an important role in providing high quality training and are viewed as aquatic experts in the community. The Lifesaving Instructor Recert (LSIR) provides updated information to BC & Yukon Branch LSIs to allow them to continue to provide quality programs in support of the Lifesaving Society mission to prevent injury or death in, on or near the water.

The Lifesaving Society is excited to announce the launch of the 2017-2019 Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) Recertification cycle.  All Lifesaving Instructor Trainers will be recertified between April 1 and June 30, 2017.  Only the new LSI Recertifications will be offered after June 30, 2017.

When attending an LSI Recert, be sure to bring your Lifesaving Instructor certification card, Bronze Medals Award Guide, pocket mask and be prepared to go into the water.

Lifesaving Instructor Current within 5 years
Next Step: 
NL Instructor
Next Step (notes): 
In addition to the National Lifeguard (NL) Instructor, LSIs can also take the Lifesaving Instructor Trainer course or the First Aid Instructor course.
Instructional Time: 

The LSI Recert is a minimum of 4 hours consisting of both classroom and pool time.  The LSI Recert is taught and evaluated by a current Lifesaving Instructor Trainer.


A temporary certification card is issued on the last day of course to successful candidates that have shown all prerequisites to the LSIT. A permanent Certification Card will be mailed to the address indicated on the course roster.  Contact the Lifesaving Society if a permanent card has not been received within 60 days of course completion.


The Lifesaving Instructor Recertification is current for 2 years.  After two years Lifesaving Instructors will need to attend a Recert clinic in order to continue teaching (extensions will not be granted). 

Any Lifesaving Instructor who is within 5 years from the date of issue can recertify by attending a Lifesaving Instructor Recertification.

Any Lifesaving Instructor who is within 5-10 years from the date of issue can recertify by attending a full Lifesaving Instructor course again or by participating in the LSI Bridges Program.

Any Lifesaving Instructor who is more than 10 years past the date of issue will be required to take the Lifesaving Instructor course again.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

The objectives of the Recert Clinic are:

  • To review Lifesaving program policies and administrative procedures
  • To provide a program update on Canadian Swim Patrol and Bronze medals.
  • To review core knowledge and skill components to ensure consistent delivery of Lifesaving programs
  • To provide participants with updated materials to promote, teach, evaluate and administer Lifesaving programs