Junior Lifeguard Clubs


About Lifesaving Sport

Lifesaving sport is the only sport whose skills are first learned for humanitarian purposes. Through lifesaving sport, the Lifesaving Society seeks to engage and inspire youth in our drowning prevention mission.

Objectives of Lifesaving Sport are:

  • To support the drowning prevention work of the Lifesaving Society and its humanitarian mission.
  • To provide athletes, coaches and officials with opportunities for participation in lifesaving sport at all levels from developmental to high performance.
  • To position the Lifesaving Society internationally as a leader in lifesaving sport.

About the Junior Lifeguard Telegames

The Lifesaving Society’s Junior Lifeguard TeleGames are inter-club level competitions held at aquatic facilities throughout the year.  InTeleGames, competitors have the opportunity to experience lifesaving sport events in a fun and encouraging competitive environment.

For more information, see the Junior Lifeguard Telegames 



Lifesaving Affiliates are encouraged to form a club and promote awareness of Lifesaving Sport. Through the development of Lifesaving Sport programs and clubs, youth have the opportunity to become active, increase their personal fitness, learn about competing fairly and setting personal goals.

  • Only registered Clubs and their members can participate in Lifesaving Sport Branch Competitions and the Junior Lifeguard Telegames.
  • There is no charge to register your Club. 
  • Your Club's information will be promoted on our website.
How do I get my Junior Lifeguard Club involved with Telegames?

1.      Download the BC & Yukon 2018 Junior Lifeguard Telegames Handbook.

2.      Download Managing Telegames 2018-19.

3.      Train your Junior Lifeguards in the event skills.

4.      Plan a Telegames at your site – it’s a great end of session event.

5.      Use the 2018 Telegames Entry Package to submit your entries.

Who can teach/coach Junior Lifeguards?

Lifesaving Instructors and those certified as a Lifesaving Sport Coach 1 can teach the Sport Fundamentals program, the base skills for Junior Lifeguard Telegames and competitions.

How do I become a Lifesaving Sport Coach?

Take a course! The only pre-requisite is to be a Lifesaving Instructor! Courses are continually available; look on Find-a-Course on at lifesaving.bc.ca for the location and time that works best for you.

What resources are there for Instructors and Coaches?

The Lifesaving Society has several resources for you – go to the Lifesaving Sport page on the website and check them out.

Available in The Shop:

  • Junior Lifeguard Club Coaches Manual
  • Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals

Branch Support:

  • Resourses will continually to be added to the Website for coaches and Clubs.
  • Courses Clinics and workshops are being planned.
  • The Branch is avialble to provide direct help to our affilates in program design.

What is The Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Program?

This program teaches Lifesaving Sport skills to those swimmers who are at least 8 years old and can complete the Swim to Survive Standard. For the challenging Waterfront Module swimmers who are 8 years old must have completed a learn to swim program to participate.

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals offers participants a recreational introduction to Lifesaving Sport skills. The program also teaches team building, fair play, ethics in sport and responsibility.

Lifesaving Sport competition opportunities are available through TeleGames, as well as regional and provincial events.Complements Other Lifesaving Society Programs:

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals keeps children and youth involved in this unique lifesaving program. Content builds on learn-to-swim skills and enhances future participation in other Society programs.

Keeps Kids Active:

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals promotes a healthy lifestyle for children and youth giving them the opportunity to keep active.

Uses the True Sport Principles:

Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep it Fun, Stay Healthy and Give Back are principles taught throughout all levels of this program. The fundamentals of Long Term Athlete Development are also an important component.

Easy Administration:

Affiliates and Lifesaving Clubs will receive support during implementation and while running Lifesaving Sport programs. We offer Affiliate workshops on the implementation of the programs, Telegames and Jr. competitions. Give us a call and schedule one for your staff.

Strong Leadership Training:

The Lifesaving Society offers coaching certification for the Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals program. This certification provides the coach with the necessary tools and training to ensure participants have a unique experience.

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals has two modules:

The POOL and WATERFRONT modules are available in the BC & Yukon Branch.  Affiliates and Lifesaving Clubs can offer one or both modules.


Four levels (1-4) with content areas organized as follows:

  • Lifesaving Sport Principles
  • Starts, Turns, Transitions and Finishes
  • Swim Proficiencies
  • Lifesaving Sport Skills


Six levels (1-6) with content areas organized as follows:

  • Lifesaving Sport Principles
  • Craft Proficiencies
  • Running Proficiencies
  • Swim Proficiencies
  • Fitness Proficiencies
  • Knowledge & Safety

Programming Lifesaving Sport Pool & Waterfront Fundamentals

Program Staff:

Program staff must be current Lifesaving Instructors, Lifesaving Sport Coach level 1 (recommended) and current National Lifeguards.

Recommended Instructor to Participant Ratio for Pool & Waterfornt Programs:

 8-10 yrs.                      Levels 1-3                    1/8

11-13 yrs.                     Levels 1-3                    1/8

14-16 yrs.                    Levels 4 -6                   1/12 (Maximum for waterfront)


Program instructors/coaches must not exceed their current instructor-to-participant ratio as described in your safety plan.


As this is an open water class, the maximum class size for any one instructor must not exceed 12.  A second instructor or lifeguard must be within call at all times while participants are in the water. A safety plan should be developed and all instructors trained in its content prior to taking participants to the waterfront for training.

Suggested Schedule for Pool & Waterfront Fundamentals Programs:

Levels 1-3

60 min in-water time

1x per week 18-20 weeks

2x per for 9-10 weeks

Levels 1-3 


LS Sport Camps

2 hrs. in-water time (10 classes + event)

 Levels 4 & 5

90 min in-water time

1x per week 18-20 weeks

2x per for 9-10 weeks

Levels 4-6 


LS Sport Camps

3 hrs. in-water time (10 classes + event)

 Additional Lifesaving Program Suggestions:

Club members learning together - building your future Lifeguard and Instructor Team!

8-10 yrs.                      Levels 1-3                    Canadian Swim Patrol

11-13 yrs.                    Levels 1-3                    Bronze Star

14-16 yrs.                    Levels 4-6                   Bronze Medallion &  EFA     

                                                                            Bronze Cross & SFA    

Feel free to call the Branch Office at 604-299-5450 for additional questions or support.  We are here to help our affiliates enjoy the benefits of Lifesaving Sport and Jr. Lifeguard Clubs!