National Lifeguard

feature_nlsNational Lifeguard: The industry standard for professional lifeguards in Canada.

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. The Lifesaving Society trains all of Canada’s National Lifeguard.

Prerequisites: minimum 16 years of age by date of exam, Bronze Cross, and Standard First Aid or Aquatic Emergency Care.

Become a National Lifeguard today! Find a Course




I’m Ready! How do I become a National Lifeguard?

National Lifeguard have exceptional and detailed training to prepare them for the aquatic facilities in which they will work. To become a National Lifeguard, follow these steps:

This brochure explains these steps.

  • BRONZE MEDALLION – Prerequisite: 13-years-old or Bronze Star.
  • BRONZE CROSS – Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion.
  • STANDARD FIRST AID or AQUATIC EMERGENCY CARE & CPR-C – Prerequisite: None. The Standard First Aid or Aquatic Emergency Care award could be taken at any point before taking National Lifeguard.
  • TURN 16-YEARS-OLD – You have to be 16 by the National Lifeguard exam date.
  • NATIONAL LIFEGUARD – Prerequisite: 16-years-old by date of exam, Bronze Cross, and Standard First Aid or Aquatic Emergency Care & CPR-C.

Find a Course at your local pool today!


Time for a recertification?

To remain current, lifeguards must recertify their National Lifeguard award every two years. Learn more about the new recertifications!

Canada’s Everyday – And Unsung – Heroes

National Lifeguards are Canada’s unsung heroes. That’s because lifeguards prevent the vast majority of incidents from happening in the first place. They are unsung because when they do respond, they’re just doing their job. National Lifeguards train hard for something they hope will never happen. We know this training pays off in supervised aquatic facilities – our drowning statistics prove it. But the training pays off beyond the pool deck or supervised waterfront – in communities throughout the country. Canada’s National Lifeguards are making a difference everywhere, everyday.

  • Like the National Lifeguard at Winnipeg Beach who noticed, after the beach was closed and his shift was over, three children on an air mattress being carried away by winds. He swam a great distance to bring them safely back to shore.
  • Like the National Lifeguards in Pinaway who attended to a woman who had collapsed on a hiking trail near their facility.

Other National Lifeguard Streams

National Lifeguard is a versatile award that has specific streams for all of Canada’s aquatic environments: Pool, Waterfront, Waterpark, and Surf. Contact us for more details.