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Transfer Your Awards

Certification holders moving to BC or the Yukon from another Canadian Lifesaving Society Branch need to arrange to have their awards transferred from their home Branch. To make this process easy, please use the online Inter-Branch Transfer Form found below to transfer to the Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon.

Please note that First Aid Instructors, First Aid Instructor Trainers, Lifesaving Instructors, Lifesaving Instructor Trainers, National Lifeguard Instructors, and National Lifeguard Instructor Trainers will need to complete additional items prior to teaching in BC. Please check with the BC & Yukon Branch prior to teaching any advanced certification levels in BC or the Yukon.

To learn more about Inter-Branch Transfers, International Transfers and Inter-Agency Transfers, please refer to our policies.

Lifesaving Awards Transfer Policy

Certification holders moving to BC or the Yukon from another Canadian Lifesaving Society Branch need to arrange to have their awards transferred from their home Branch. To make this process easy, please use the online Inter-Branch Transfer Form.

Please note that First Aid Instructors, National Lifeguard Instructors, and all Trainers will need to complete additional items prior to teaching in BC. Please check with the BC & Yukon Branch prior to teaching any advanced certification levels in BC or the Yukon.

Lifesaving Society Leadership Transfer Policy

Lifesaving Society Instructors must transfer their awards to the BC & Yukon Branch prior to teaching any advanced certification level in BC or the Yukon. Please follow the information below for each leadership certification. If the certification you hold is not listed here, please check with the BC & Yukon Branch.

All Lifesaving Society Instructors & Trainers who are not current will be required to attend an in-person stream-specific recertification as the BC & Yukon Branch does not use the credit system.

Current Lifesaving Instructors (LSI) may teach once they have:

  • Signed an Instructor Letter of Agreement

Current National Lifeguard Instructors may teach a National Lifeguard (NL) full course and conduct an NL Precertification/Recertification once they have:

  • Submitted a completed Training Record; which will include a successful co-teach on an NL Precertification/Recertification
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Read through the provincial/territorial program policies and legislative requirements
  • Signed an Instructor Letter of Agreement

Current Lifesaving Trainers (LST) may teach a Lifesaving Instructor course or an LSI Recertification once they have:

  • Submitted a completed Training Record; which will include a successful co-teach on an LSI course
  • Signed a Trainer Letter of Agreement

Current National Lifeguard Trainers may teach a National Lifeguard Instructor (NLI) course and an NLI Recertification once they have:

  • Completed the NLI transfer process
  • Submitted a completed Training Record; which will include a successful co-teach on an NLI course
  • Signed a Trainer Letter of Agreement

Current Lifesaving First Aid Instructors may teach first aid courses once they have:

  • Completed a First Aid Instructor Transition/Recertification
  • Submitted a completed Training Record; which will include a successful co-teach on an Emergency First Aid (OFA Level 1) course.
  • Sign an Instructor Letter of Agreement

Current Lifesaving First Aid Trainers may teach a First Aid Instructor (FAI) course or a FAI Recertification once they have:

  • Completed the FAI transfer process
  • Submitted a completed Training Record; which will include a successful co-teach on a FAI course
  • Signed a Trainer Letter of Agreement

Inter-Agency Certification Transfer Policy

If you are a current First Aid Instructor for a Branch recognized agency (St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Heart & Stroke or Canadian Ski Patrol) and have a minimum of two years teaching experience, you can become a Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructor by:

  • Providing the Lifesaving Society proof of certification and a teaching record from the Branch recognized training agency
  • Successfully completing a First Aid Instructor Transition/Recertification (cost includes all your training manuals)
  • Submitting a completed Training Record; which will include a successful co-teach on:
    • an Emergency First Aid (OFA Level 1) course and Standard First Aid (OFA Level 1) Recertification (14-16 hours) OR
    • a Standard First Aid (OFA Level 1) (14-16 hours)

International Certification Transfer Policy

Since each country has its own legislative requirements and each training agency has its own curriculum, we accept only Canadian Certifications Policies. In the BC & Yukon Branch, international candidates and instructors will need to obtain Canadian certifications in first aid, lifesaving and lifeguarding.

Recognizing that many international candidates have extensive skills and knowledge, the recommended process to attain certification is as follows:

  • Challenge the Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross
  • Take a Canadian Standard First Aid course from a Branch recognized agency (Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Heart & Stroke, Canadian Ski Patrol)
  • Take a National Lifeguard course

Transfer Form

Please fill out the below form. We collect some personal information to assist us and you in providing current, accurate information to your new branch.

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