The Lifesaving Society designates Examiners to evaluate and certify candidates in the Society's training programs. Examiners are senior experienced instructors who undergo specific training in examination standards. Certification as an Examiner is a 3-step process:

  1. Successfully complete an Examiner course with a current Trainer.
  2. Successfully apprentice with an experienced Examiner on 1 exam in the stream in which you seek to be certified as an Examiner.
  3. Submission of the completed Examiner Training Record to the Society for consideration for Examiner certification.

Examiner course: 6 hr. classroom and water time. The Examiner course may be run as a stand-alone course or attached to other instructor training programs.

Reference materials required: Canadian Lifesaving Manual, Award Guides and Examiner Training Records.

Costs: There is no Lifesaving Society fee for the Examiner course. Certification fee payable to the Lifesaving Society upon submission of the Examiner Training Record.


Bronze Examiners certify Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross candidates. Bronze Examiners who hold the Distinction award may also certify Distinction candidates.

National Lifeguard Examiners certify National Lifeguard candidates (in the option the Examiner holds (e.g., the National Lifeguard Examiner who holds National Lifeguard Pool examines and certifies National Lifeguard Pool candidates, etc).

First Aid Examiners certify Standard First Aid candidates. First Aid Examiners who hold CPR-HCP examine and certify CPR-HCP candidates. Similarly, First Aid Examiners who hold Airway Management examine and certify Airway Management candidates.