Airway Management

Airway Management certification provides senior and experienced lifeguards with specific knowledge and training in the use of oxygen, suction devices, oral airways and masks/bag-valve-masks.

Prerequisite: Workplace Standard First Aid from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross Society, Canadian Ski Patrol.

Evaluation & certification: Current Airway Management Instructors may teach Airway Management, but only current Airway Management Examines may certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.


Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Required reference material: Canadian First Aid Manual.

First Aid - BVM


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the:
    • principles of respiration and circulation
    • importance and application of universal precautions and use of barrier devices
    • purpose and use of oropharyngeal airways
    • principles and practical application of oxygen supplementation
    • purpose and use of manual suction
  2. Demonstrate the proper use and application of at least one barrier device during the delivery of artificial respiration.
  3. On a manikin, demonstrate the proper sizing, insertion, and follow-up for the use of an oropharyngeal airway.


  1. Demonstrate understanding of the components and proper usage, including safety factors, of nasal cannula, face mask, non-breathing mask and pocket mask delivery systems.
  2. Demonstrate the application of an oxygen delivery system to a victim in need of supplemental oxygen.
  3. Demonstrate the proper use and application of a manual suction device in the treatment of a victim who is vomiting or who has fluid in the upper airway.
  4. Demonstrate the use of a bag-valve-mask (BVM)