Teaching the teachers
Lifesaving Society Trainers teach, evaluate and certify instructor candidates. Appointment as a Trainer is a 3-step process:
- Successfully complete the Society's Trainer course led by a current National Trainer.
- Successfully apprentice with an experienced Trainer on one Instructor course in the stream you wish to be appointed as a Trainer.
- Submit your completed Training Record and certification fee with a positive recommendation from the experienced Trainer with whom you apprenticed.
Prerequisites: Bronze Examiner or First Aid Examiner or National Lifeguard Examiner, or: experienced Swim Instructor or Officials Instructor or Lifesaving Sport Coach. Do you have the prerequisites?
Trainer course: 16 hr. classroom and water instruction.
Apprenticeship: Following successful completion of the Trainer course, apprentice with an experienced Trainer on an instructor course in the specialty area(s) you are eligible to become certified as a Trainer. For example, Lifesaving Instructor Trainers apprentice on a Lifesaving Instructor course; National Lifeguard Instructor Trainers apprentice on a National Lifeguard Instructor course, etc.
A positive recommendation from the experienced Trainer is required. After completion of apprenticeship, submit your completed Trainer Training Record with the certification fee to the Society's office for approval.
Required references: Relevant leadership manual(s) and award guide(s) and corresponding instructor candidate references; Instructor Trainer Training Records: Swim IT or Lifesaving IT or National Lifeguard IT or First Aid IT.
Costs: In addition to the required reference materials, an appointment fee is payable to the Lifesaving Society and submitted with your Training Record. Organizers will charge a fee to cover the costs of running the course.
Download or print this flow chart, which illustrates the Trainer certification process.
Who trains the Trainers?
National Trainers are experienced and talented Trainers. The Society appoints National Trainers as needed. Appointees must successfully complete the National Trainer course and apprentice with an experienced National Trainer on a Trainer course.