The Canadian Red Cross is winding down its swim and lifeguarding
programming to focus on surging humanitarian demands in other areas
- such as disaster and pandemic response, opioid harm reduction and
caregiving for seniors. Read the press release.
During 2022, Red Cross is encouraging and supporting its water
safety training partners in making the transition to the swimming,
lifeguarding and aquatic leadership programs of the Lifesaving
Swim Transition: Canadian Red Cross to Lifesaving Society
Both lifesaving societies are working to make this transition
opportunity as smooth as possible for:
Swim transition pathways for Red Cross-certified
The Lifesaving Society and Canadian Red Cross have created
special pathways by which Red Cross certification holders
transition to corresponding Lifesaving Society certifications.
These pathways recognize and acknowledge the competencies earned in
Red Cross certifications while providing the knowledge and
resources critical for success as a Lifesaving Society instructor,
lifeguard or trainer.
The opportunity to attain Lifesaving Society
certifications via these transition pathways ends December 31,
2022. Thereafter, individuals would be required to
follow all normal Lifesaving Society certification requirements and
pay all applicable fees.
Expiry date extension
To facilitate the transition, Red Cross has extended all
Swimming & Water Safety and Lifeguard certifications to
December 31, 2022 (if they would naturally expire before then).
Transfer of Red Cross certification data
With your permission, Red Cross will transfer your certification
information to the Lifesaving Society. If you do not grant
permission for this transfer, you will need to contact your
Lifesaving Society provincial/territorial Branch for direction on
how to provide proof of certification.
Individuals and Training Partners - contact the
Lifesaving Society by phone 709.576.1953 or by email: email@example.com
Lifesaving Society English Media - contact
Barbara Byers by mobile phone 416.727.5636 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Red Cross English Media:
Lifesaving Society French Media - contact
Raynald Hawkins by mobile phone 514.435.5342 or by email: email@example.com
Canadian Red Cross French Media: