National Lifeguard (NL or NLS) is the only nationally recognized lifeguard program in Canada.

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National Lifeguard

You will learn about rescue techniques through hands on scenario-based situations. You will also learn about pool operations, administration, programs, and other related topics. Much of the course is in the water but there will also be an online component and a classroom lecture component.

This course is about 44 hours long.

There are a few prerequisites. You must be:

  • At least 15 years old; and,
  • Have Standard First Aid (from either Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, St John Ambulance, Criti-Care, or Heart Beat ECSI); and,
  • Have one of Bronze Cross or Distinction.

It is expected everyone will have at least a reasonable level of fitness, and that they will have been vaccinated for Covid-19.

Next Courses:

  • NLS Fall 1:
    • October 1-October 23, 2021 (No classes on Long Weekend); and,
    • Friday Evenings and Saturdays; and,
    • Cindy Klassen Rec Complex.
  • NLS Fall 2:
    • October 29-November 13, 2021; and,
    • Friday Evenings and Saturdays; and,
    • Cindy Klassen Rec Complex.
  • NLS Fall 3:
    • November 19-December 4, 2021; and,
    • Friday Evenings and Saturdays; and,
    • Cindy Klassen Rec Complex
  • You can register by filling in the Registration Form, and using your Mastercard or Visa or PayPal.


NLS



National Lifeguard (NLS or NL) Recertification

Your NLS must be recertified every 2 years in order to remain current.

  • Next NLS Recertification dates are:
    • NLS Recerts will be added as soon as covid restrictions are eased.
  • You can register by using the form and PayPal field above.

National Lifeguard Waterfront

Lifeguarding a waterfront is very different than lifeguarding a pool. If you take NLS Waterfront, you will build on your NLS skills and develop new skills and knowledge needed for waterfronts.

To take this course, you must have a current NLS.

Next Courses

  • Sundays, June 13, 20, 27, 2021; 9:00-5:30 on June 13 and 20 and 9:00-1:00 on June 27.
    • The location is TBA.
  • More dates are planned.

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.

You can register by using the form and PayPal field above.

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