Prerequisite awards need not be "current" (i.e., within 24
months of certification date). This applies to all Lifesaving
Prerequisite awards must be earned prior to the start date of
the course to which they apply.
Minimum age requirements must be attained by the last day of the
course or the day of the exam.
This does not affect programming flexibility. When two or more
awards are offered together (e.g., Standard First Aid with Bronze
Cross or with National Lifeguard), the Society deems the
prerequisite awards to have been earned in the correct order.
EFA Prerequisite to Bronze Cross & SFA Prerequisite to
Emergency First Aid Prerequisite
As of January 1, 2019, Emergency First Aid certification will
become one of the prerequisites to the Bronze Cross course. For
prerequisite purposes, the Emergency First Aid certification need
not be current.
Standard First Aid Prerequisite
Standard First Aid certification is one of the prerequisites to
the National Lifeguard course. For prerequisite purposes, the
Standard First Aid certification need not be current.
Proof of First Aid Prerequisite
The Lifesaving Society accepts Emergency First Aid and Standard
First Aid certificates as prerequisites only from the following
- Lifesaving Society
- Canadian Red Cross
- St. John Ambulance
- Canadian Ski Patrol
When a first aid certification from an agency other than the
Lifesaving Society is used as a prerequisite for a Lifesaving
Society award, a photocopy of the certification card must accompany
the Lifesaving Society test sheets. The Society will not issue
awards if this proof of prerequisite is missing.
Affiliates: please notify Bronze Cross
and National Lifeguard candidates of this prerequisite requirement
in your promotional materials and at registration locations. Before
you submit test sheets to the Society, please attach copies of
prerequisites when necessary.