National Lifeguard (NL or NLS)

We regularly offer  National Lifeguard courses and National Lifeguard Re-certifications. National Lifeguard is the only nationally recognized Lifeguard designation in Canada.

This course extensively covers rescue techniques through lectures, hands-on, and scenario-based learning. Also covered are pool operation and administration, programming information and background, and other related topics. This course is about 40 hours long.

The prerequisites are to be at least 16 years old; to have Standard First Aid (from either Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, St John Ambulance, Criti-Care, or Heart Beat ECSI); and, one of Bronze Cross or Distinction. It is implied that candidates will have at least a reasonable level of fitness.

Next Courses:

  • All courses will be postponed. The City of Winnipeg has decided to extremely limit the number of patrons allowed to enter pools. As such, these courses cannot run until the restrictions are relaxed.

NLS

National Lifeguard (NLS or NL) Recertification

NLS must be recertified every 2 years in order to remain current. Recertifications are approximately 4 hours long.

Swimming pools remain closed. All NLS Recertifications scheduled have been postponed because of covid-19 related concerns. Anyone already registered can ask to be switched to a later one.

Use this form to select a new date or request a refund: FORM

  • All courses will be postponed. The City of Winnipeg has decided to extremely limit the number of patrons allowed to enter pools. As such, these courses cannot run until the restrictions are relaxed.
NLS Recertification

If one of these don’t work, we can set up another one. Contact us.

National Lifeguard Waterfront

This course builds on the skills of NLS and is designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed for waterfront lifeguards. Effective safety supervision in a waterfront environment is different than a pool.

Next Courses

The next NL Waterfront course will be in the late spring of 2021. The location is TBA.

Prerequisites: National Lifeguard.  Candidates are expected to be reasonably fit, and must have the following equipment: wetsuit, mask and snorkel, CPR mask or face shield, first aid gloves, Alert: Lifeguarding in Action manual, NL Award Guide, and Canadian Lifesaving Manual.

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