National Lifeguard Examination Policy

Effective September 1, 2012 - Clarification January 2013

The Lifesaving Society Ontario's National Lifeguard Examination Policy defines the minimum conditions under which NL examinations may occur:

  1. All National Lifeguard examinations must be submitted by an Affiliate Member of the Society.
  2. Pool facilities must meet the following minimum standards: 15 m long, 5 m wide and 1.5 m deep.
  3. All examinations must be conducted with the following minimum equipment:
    • Spineboard (with head immobilizer and straps recommended)
    • 20 lb. / 9 kg brick or equivalent
    • CPR manikin
    • Suitable rescue aids (PFDs, lifejackets, rescue tubes / cans)
    • Sufficient barrier devices (masks and gloves)
    • Sufficient first aid supplies
  4. The minimum number of candidates is one. However, additional and currently certified National Lifeguards must participate during situations - as the second lifeguard. The second lifeguard may not be the National Lifeguard Examiner conducting the exam.
  5. Candidates respond to emergency situations as a single lifeguard and as both a member and leader of a lifeguard team. A minimum of three lifeguarding situations are required.
  6. The minimum number of potential victims may not be less than six. Victims' names and contact information must be recorded and submitted with the test sheets.

    On exams with eight candidates or more, no additional "victims" are required (because this number provides for two-lifeguard situations with six victims). However, on exams with fewer than eight candidates, the number of candidates and the number of additional volunteers must add up to a minimum of eight, and the names and contact information for all volunteers must be submitted with the test sheets.
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  8. The NL program defines the mandatory items which must be evaluated on NL Recertifications (see NL Recertification Notes for Instructors or the items marked with the † symbol on the "Revised 2012" NL test sheets).