Become a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor

Instructor/Guard Positions  Training & Tuition Reimbursement Program

Transition from Red Cross to Life Saving Society

In January, the Canadian Red Cross announced that it is winding down its involvement in all swim and lifeguard programing to direct more attention to surging humanitarian demands.

As a result, the City of Steinbach is pleased to be offering new programing starting in Summer 2022 with the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. This program consists of 3 Parent & Tot levels, 5 Preschool levels, 6 Swimmer levels, and 2 Swim Patrol Levels as well as 3 Adult levels.

Participants moving from Swim Kids to Swimmer may notice an increase in the number of skills required to pass each level; the same number of achievements are required to move successfully through the new program; however, they are now distributed across 8 rather than 10 levels.

For those in higher-level programs: Red Cross will have sent an e-mail to all those who hold Red Cross Instructor (WSI) or Lifeguard (ALG or LG) certifications. This e-mail will ask your permission to transfer your profile information to the Lifesaving Society so that an account can be set up for you.  This will allow you to move forward with transferring your Red Cross award(s) to the equivalent Lifesaving Society award(s). The City of Steinbach is pleased to offer the transfer courses that you will need to make this transition to the Lifesaving Society.

To avoid additional time and costs, if you are interested in transferring your awards, you must do so before December 31, 2022.

Regardless of the program our facility offers, providing a safe, encouraging environment to learn to swim continues to be our main goal and we look forward to continuing your aquatic education.

Conversion Chart - Red Cross Pre-School and Swim Kids to Life Saving Swim for Life
Transition from Red Cross to Lifesaving Society - Instructor and Lifeguard (Chart)
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Instructor/Guard Positions  

It usually takes 9-12 months to go through the certifications process and depends on course and candidate availability.  A criminal record check and a child abuse registry check are conditions of employment. 

Some courses may be taken at the same time as long as pre-requisites are met. Example: National Lifeguard Service (NLS) may be taken at the same time as Lifesaving Instructor (LSI).  

Steps to Becoming a Lifeguard (Chart)

The Aquatic Centre hires instructor/guards regularly. You may submit your resume with a copy of your qualifications at any time. 


  • 16 years old
  • National Lifeguard Service (NLS), (Red Cross Lifeguard (LG) will be accepted until September 2022)
  • Swim for Life Instructor (SFLI) 
  • Lifesaving Instructor (LSI)
  • Water Safety Instructor (WSI) will be accepted until September 2022.

​Candidates will be required to participate in a skills review. A criminal record check and a child abuse registry check are conditions of employment. Resumes, including when you are available to work and how many hours per week you would like to work, with a cover letter and a copy of all awards can be submitted to: 

Mail: Steinbach Aquatic Centre, 225 Reimer Avenue, Steinbach MB  R5G 2J1 
In Person: Steinbach Aquatic Centre, 330 Park Road East

Lifeguard Training and Tuition Reimbursement Program

The City of Steinbach has a unique program aimed at helping finance education and lifeguard training. The City of Steinbach will reimburse a portion of Manitoba College, University or Lifeguard training tuition costs for qualified Tuition Reimbursement applicants.

To be eligible for this program staff must be employed at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre in a Lifeguard position on December 31 and have worked a minimum of 520 hours in the application year.

This is not a scholarship or bursary competition. All staff that meet the criteria will be awarded the reimbursement. These amounts will be between $520.00 and $1000.00 per year based on hours worked.

Staff members in high school or wishing to take a year off of school to earn money for tuition may carry the amount earned forward within the guidelines of the program.