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)
    • The arrival of covid-19 has complicated the delivery of National Lifeguard programs. All pools are currently closed and are not included in the first wave of facility re-openings.
    • All National Lifeguard courses originally scheduled for April, May and June have been postponed until the Fall. Anyone registered for a spring course can select one of the fall courses.
    • 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.

  • Fall Courses:
    • Fall 1: September 2020
      • Saturdays, September 12, 19, 26, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
      • Sunday, September 13, 20, 1:30-9:30 (St James Centennial Pool)
    • Fall 2: September-October 2020
      • Sundays, September 27, October 4, October 25, 1:30-9:30 (St James Centennial Pool)
      • Saturdays, October 3, 24, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
    • Fall 3: October-November 2020
      • Saturdays, October 31, November 7, 14, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
      • Sundays, November 1, 8, 1:30-9:30 (St James Centennial Pool)
    • Fall 4: November 2020
      • Sundays, November 15, 22, 29, 1:30-9:30 (St James Centennial Pool)
      • Saturdays, November 21, 28, 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
    • Fall 5: December 2020
      • Fridays, December 4, 11, 5:00-9:00 pm (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
      • Saturdays, December 5, 12 8:30-5:30 (Cindy Klassen Rec Complex)
      • Sundays, December 6, 13, 1:30-9:30 (St James Centennial Pool)
  • 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.

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

  • Wednesday, September 9, 8:30-12:30; CKRC; OR
  • Thursday, September 10, 12:30-4:30; CKRC; OR,
  • Friday, September 11, 5:00-9:00pm; CKRC; OR,
  • Thursday, October 22; 12:30-4:30; Pan-Am; OR,
  • Friday, October 30, 12:30-4:30; CKRC; OR,
  • Tuesday, November 10, 1:00-5:00; CKRC; OR,
  • Friday, November 27, 12:30-4:30; CKRC; OR,
  • Thursday, December 18, 8:30-12:30; OR,
  • All participants will have to pay a public swim admission or use their facility use card to enter the pool area.
  • More dates will be posted soon.

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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