Lifeguards walking on the pool deck.

Gain valuable skills with our lifeguard training courses.

Start your path towards being a lifeguard or aquatic instructor! Register for lifeguard training courses and complete your prerequisites at once for all advanced lifesaving training programs. To participate, you must be 13 years and older or have a Bronze Star certification.

Learn more about the National Lifeguard Program.

Steps to becoming a lifeguard

1. Bronze Medallion  

  • Ages 13 and up 
  • Prerequisite course 

2. Bronze Cross 

  • Ages 13 and up 
  • Prerequisite course 

3. Standard First Aid with CPR C/AED 

  • Ages 14 and up 
  • Required course 

4. National Lifeguard Pool and Water Safety Instructor  

  • Ages 15 and up 
  • Required course 

5. National Lifeguard Waterpark 

  • Ages 15 and up 
  • Optional, based on location of working 
Lifeguard Flowchart

Lifeguard Training is now Leisure Access Program eligible

Aquatic leadership courses required to be a City of Surrey lifeguard are now part of Surrey's Leisure Access Program (LAP). Until the end of 2023, all lifeguard training full courses will be LAP eligible. 

Eligible courses include:  

  • Bronze Medallion 
  • Bronze Cross 
  • Standard First Aid with CPR C/AED
  • National Lifeguard Pool 
  • Swim Instructor

Sign up online, in-person at any recreation facility or by phone at 604-501-5100. 


Lifeguard & Aquatic Instructor Training

Sign up for courses to become a lifeguard or swim instructor at Surrey's indoor pools.
Register by phone

Registration by phone is available. Call 604-501-5100, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and a customer service representative will be happy to help you.

Register in person

In person registration is available at any Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture facility during hours of operation. Bring your recreation passcard when you visit. 

Cancelling a registration

If you need to cancel your registration, log in to your account and follow our How to Cancel Your Activity video.

Alternatively, you can call 604-501-5100, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and a customer service representative can cancel your registration for you.

If you no longer want to use your Recreation Pass, learn how to receive a refund.


If you are on the waitlist for a registered activity, please wait until you receive a confirmation call that a spot has become available. Waiting at the facility may not guarantee space in the activity.