About the National Lifeguard Award
The National Lifeguard award builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the lifesaving awards of the Lifesaving Society to develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards.
Recognized as the standard measurement of the lifeguard performance in Canada, National Lifeguard Award education is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. The National Lifeguard's primary role is the prevention of emergency situations and where this fails, the timely and effective resolution of emergencies. The National Lifeguard program is designed to prepare lifeguards to fufill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatics.
The National Lifeguard course cannot in theory or practice prepare candidates for every situation that might be encountered by National Lifeguard guards working in Canadian aquatic environments and facilities. National Lifeguard training is designed to develop the basic lifeguarding skills, principles and decision-making processes, which will assist the lifeguard in evaluating and adapting to different aquatic facilities and emergencies.
About National Lifeguard - Pool
National Lifeguard certification is Canada’s professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400 m endurance challenge.
All National Lifeguard Candidates must hold the following prerequisites:
Minnimum 16 years of age
Bronze Cross Award (need not be current)
Standard First Aid/CPR-C Award or Aquatic Emergency Care/CPR-C Award
**Only the following four organizations' Standard First Aid/CPR C awards will be recognized as a prerequisite:
1) Lifesaving Society 2) Canadian Red Cross 3) Canadian Ski Patrol or 4) St.John Ambulance
**Proof of prerequisites must be shown to the Instructor/Examiner before start of course
Course Length: Minimum 40 hours
Candidate Books: Canadian Lifesaving Manual and Alert: Lifeguarding in Action Manual
Candidate Attendance: 100% attendance during course and exam is required in order to ensure the candidate has met the required learning outcomes and to provide the best chance of successful certification
Evaluation: Practical Exam plus continuous evaluation during course. This is a pass or fail course. No re-exam option. Full course must be taken if a fail is the final result.
Expiry Date: Exactly 2 years from the date of certification (i.e. from date on certification card)