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 Winter (Weekend)
    • Fridays, 5:00-9:00pm, and Saturdays, 8:30-5:00, on January 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, February 1, 7, 2020 . Location: Cindy Klassen Rec Complex.
  • Late Winter (Weekend)
    • Fridays, 5:00-9:00pm, and Saturdays, 8:30-5:00, on February 28, 29, March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 2020. Location: Cindy Klassen Rec Complex.
  • Early Spring (Weekend)
    • Fridays, 5:00-9:00pm, and Saturdays, 8:30-5:00, on April 17, 18, 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8, 2020. Location: Cindy Klassen Rec Complex.
  • Late Spring (Weekend)
    • 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.
  • Late Spring (Weekday)
    • Friday, June 5, and Tuesday to Friday, June 9-12, all 8:30-5:00. Location: Cindy Klassen Rec Centre and Pan-Am Pool.

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

NLS

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:

  • Friday, November 29, 12:30-4:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Friday, November 29, 5:00-9:00pm; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Sunday, December 15, 1:00-5:00; Elmwood Kildonan Pool; OR,
  • Thursday, December 19, 12:30-4:30; Pan-Am Pool; OR,
  • Friday, December 20, 12:30-4:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:30-4:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Friday, February 21, 2020, 5:00-9:00pm; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 8:30-12:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Monday, April 27, 2020, 8:30-12:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 8:30-12:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 12:30-4:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • 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,
  • Friday, June 12, 12:30-4:30; Cindy Klassen Rec Complex.

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.

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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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