Lifeguarding is an exciting and rewarding job that carries great
responsibility. Guards take courses and train hard for events they
hope will never happen and which they work hard to prevent.
National Lifeguards guards are always in training to keep their
skills, knowledge and fitness sharp. They are required to keep
other important certifications such as CPR and first aid
up-to-date. Some are trained in advanced treatments like using
oxygen or in the use of specialized equipment like defibrillators
and personal watercraft.
National Lifeguard is Canada's only nationally recognized
lifeguard certification program. National Lifeguard is a legal
certificate for lifeguarding throughout the country. It is the only
lifeguard certificate recognized by the province of Ontario for
lifeguarding public swimming pools.
National Lifeguard certification is available in four options:
Pool, Waterpark, Waterfront, and Surf. The National Lifeguard
Award Guide provides complete
details for National Lifeguard Instructors and candidates.
Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age. Bronze Cross
certification and Standard First Aid certification
(need not be current) from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John
Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol.
National Lifeguard Pool certification is a prerequisite for the
Evaluation & certification: Current
National Lifeguard Instructors evaluate some items, but only
National Lifeguard Examiners may certifiy candidates. The
Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24
months from the certification date.
Candidate recognition: Certification card.
Required reference material: Alert:
Lifeguarding in Action.
National Lifeguard Recertification:
National Lifeguard certification is current for 2 years and
is recertified by completing a National Lifeguard recertification
exam. The recertification may require 6 - 8 hr. depending on the
number of candidates. Check Find a Course for facilities offering
National Lifeguard recertification in your area.
The National Lifeguard recertification exam is your
opportunity to demonstrate your skills and recertify your award.
You are responsible for reviewing the required content and skills
and preparing yourself for the exam. Your exam is based on the
National Lifeguard Award curriculum. The required content for this
curriculum can be found in your Alert text and the
Canadian Lifesaving Manual. Candidates should
bring Alert, a whistle, barrier devices (gloves and pocket
mask) and proof of prerequisite (previous National