National Lifeguard certification is Canada's professional
lifeguard standard and is designed for lifesavers who wish to
obtain a responsible job and leadership experience. Successful
candidates are certified by the Lifesaving Society - Canada's
National Lifeguard - Waterfront certification
is designed to develop the fundamental values, judgment, knowledge,
skills and fitness required by waterfront lifeguards. The National
Lifeguard Waterfront course emphasizes the lifeguarding skills,
principles and practices, and the decision-making processes that
will assist the lifeguard to provide effective safety supervision
in waterfront environments.
View test items: NL Waterfront -
Prerequisites: Minimum 15 years of age. Bronze Cross
certification and Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid (need not be
current) or SFA from one of
these approved agencies.
First aid prerequisite: When a
candidate uses a first aid certification from an approved agency
(other than the Lifesaving Society) as a prerequisite, a photocopy
of the approved-agency certification card must accompany the
Lifesaving Society test sheets. The Society will not issue the
National Lifeguard award if this proof of prerequisite is missing.
Affiliates are requested to notify National Lifeguard candidates of
this requirement in their promotional materials and at registration
Instruction and certification: Current National
Lifeguard Instructors (who hold National Lifeguard Waterfront)
teach and evaluate most items, but only National Lifeguard
Examiners (who hold National Lifeguard Waterfront) may certify
candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be
"current" for 24 months from the certification date.
Candidate recognition: National Lifeguard
Required reference material: Alert:
lifeguarding in action.
National Lifeguard Recertification: To remain
"current," National Lifeguards successfully complete a National
Lifeguard recertification exam. The only items evaluated on a
National Lifeguard recertification examination are marked with a
(†) symbol in the At-a-glance list of test items, on the test
sheets and in the National Lifeguard Award Guide.