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:

  • Early Spring (Weekend)
    • This course had been scheduled to be from April 17 to May 8. With the arrival of COVID-19 in Manitoba, this course has been postponed. All pools and recreation spaces are closed. We are working under the assumption that Proficient Training courses can resume on May 15th. Everyone who is registered in the April 17 to May 8 class has the option to transfer to one of the following courses:
      • Spring 1:
        • Friday, May 15, 5:00-9:30pm (Pan-Am)
        • Saturday, May 16, 8:30-5:00 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
        • Sunday, May 17, 1:00-9:30 (St James Centennial Pool)
        • Monday, May 18, 8:30-5:00 (Reh-Fit Centre)
        • Sunday, May 24 (St James Centennial Pool)
        • Sunday, May 31, 12:30-5:00 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex); OR,
      • Spring 2:
        • Monday, May 25, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
        • Tuesday, May 26, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
        • Friday, May 29, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
        • Monday, June 1, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
        • Tuesday, June 2, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
  • Late Spring (Weekend)
    • This course remains as is:
      • Fridays, 5:00-9:00pm, and Saturdays, 8:30-5:00, on May 22, 23, 29, 30, June 5, 6, 12, 2020. Location: Cindy Klassen Rec Complex.
  • All participants will have to pay a public swim admission or use their facility use card to enter the pool area.
  • Recommendations from Health Canada will be followed.

Other courses are planned for 2020. Please contact us if you need dates, or you would like to set one up.


National Lifeguard (NLS or NL) Recertification

NLS must be recertified every 2 years in order to remain current. Recertification is approximately 4 hours long. Upcoming Recertification dates:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 8:30-12:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex;
  • Monday, April 27, 2020, 8:30-12:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex;
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 8:30-12:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex;
  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 12:30-4:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex;
  • The above recertifications have been postponed. Anyone who was registered in the above dates may transfer to one the dates below…
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12:30-4:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020, 12:30-4:30; Pan-Am Pool; OR,
  • Monday, June 8, 12:30-4:30; CKRC; OR
  • Tuesday, June 9, 8:00-12:00; CKRC; OR,
  • Wednesday, June 10, 8:30-12:30; CKRC; OR,
  • Thursday, June 11; 12:00-4:00; Pan-Am; OR,
  • Friday, June 12, 12:00-4:00; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex.
  • All participants will have to pay a public swim admission or use their facility use card to enter the pool area.

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

NLS Recertification

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 administered directly through the Lifesaving Society. We are taking a waiting list on their behalf. The dates are Friday-Sunday, June 19-21. This course will tentatively be held at Camp Arnes.

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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