Instructor Guard Recruitment Program

The deadline for applications for the Instructor Guard Recruitment Program has now passed.

The City of Winnipeg is offering a FREE 16-week certification program to become an Instructor Guard.

This program will provide the opportunity for up to 40 successful applicants to receive the six courses required to apply as an Instructor Guard with the City. All course materials will be included free of charge. The program is designed to reduce financial barriers for those who wish to find employment as an Instructor Guard with the City.

The program will also provide an opportunity to those who have partial completion of the six required courses.     

Courses included

  • Bronze Medallion (18 hours)
  • Bronze Cross (22 hours)
  • Standard First Aid & CPR C/AED (16 hours)
  • Swim for Life Instructor (24 hours)
  • National Lifeguard – Pool (44 hours)
  • Lifesaving Instructor (24 hours)

100% attendance is required for all courses.

Minimum requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old at the time of application
  • Minimum Grade 10 education
  • Ability to obtain a Police Information Check (Vulnerable Sector) acceptable to the City by December 31, 2023
  • Ability to successfully demonstrate the items outlined in the swim assessment (approximately Red Cross Level 8 or Lifesaving Society Swimmer 6 swim ability)
  • Agree to work for the City for a minimum of one year upon successful completion of all free courses, a formal interview, and New Hire training (40 hours unpaid)
  • Agree to work the minimum work requirements with the City (three shifts or nine hours per week)

Application process

  • Applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to an in-person interview and swim assessment.
  • Upon successful interview and swim assessment, you will have the opportunity to select your training schedule from the outlined options.

Swim assessments


  • Thursday, August 3 from 5 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 5 from 9 – 4 p.m.

Assessments include

  • 50m Front Crawl (demonstrating correct technique)
  • 50m Back Crawl (demonstrating correct technique)
  • 50m Breast Stroke (demonstrating correct technique)
  • 50m Elementary Back Stroke or Whip kick on back (demonstrating correct technique)
  • One-minute treading water/surface support
  • Ability to swim 400m in approximately 12 minutes
  • Ability to recover an object from an 8ft depth

Training schedule

The training is divided into three parts to help with scheduling. You will be able to select (based on availability) the schedule that works best for you.

Full Course Completion (6 courses)

Training Part 1

  • August 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 and September 1 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Training Part 2
Choose one of these options:

  • September 5 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • September 6 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • September 9 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Training Part 3    
Choose one of these options:

  • Sunday, September 10 – December 3* (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
    *No class October 8
  • Tuesday & Thursday, September 12 – November 30 (5 – 9:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, September 16 – December 16* (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
    *No class September 30 or November 11

Partial Course Completion

Swim for Life Instructor
Choose one of these options:

  • August 15, 16 & 17 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • December 27, 28 & 29 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Lifesaving Instructor
Choose one of these options:

  • August 12, 13 & 19 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • January 2, 3 & 4 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

National Lifeguard (Pool)
Choose one of these options:

  • August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • December 27, 28 & 29 and January 2, 3 & 4 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

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