The focus of this program is safety supervision training for guardians (e.g, day camp counsellors, counsellors-in-training and others) who accompany groups of young people to pools or waterfronts. The course stresses the responsibility undertaken by these group leaders for safeguarding the young people in their care even when under lifeguard supervision.
  • Safeguard focuses on water safety awareness, incident prevention and the principles of aquatic safety supervision. Safeguard teaches participants how to identify hazards and at-risk behaviours, how to recognize potential victims, and how to respond safely in an aquatic emergency. 
  • Safeguard training is designed for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. Successful completion of the course is based on active participation in all sessions and evidence of the Must Sees in each item.
None. Ideally, guardians are at least 12 years old, able to swim, and have some lifesaving experience.
Instructional Time: 

Based on a class of up to 20 candidates, the recommended course length is 3.5–4 hr. The actual time needed will vary with the number and maturity of the candidates, and their prior knowledge, training and experience. Time guidelines assist in lesson planning and creating course outlines. The guidelines do not account for refreshment and other breaks.


Certification card.


Lifetime award, no expiry.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

Current Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructors who hold National Lifeguard certification teach and certify Safeguard candidates.