Lifeguard Training

National Lifeguard

Scheduled National Lifeguard Courses

Scheduled National Lifeguard Recertifications

National Lifeguard (40 hr.): The National Lifeguard Service (NLS) course consists of a core course dealing with lifeguarding principles and techniques, together with environment-specific items leading to certification in one of the NLS options – Pool, Waterfront, Surf, or Waterpark.

National Lifeguard training builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the lifesaving awards of the Society to develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards.

Recognized as the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada, National Lifeguard education is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment 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 fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatics.

National Lifeguard training is designed to develop the basic lifeguarding skills, principles and decision-making processes which will assist the lifeguard to evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies.

Prerequisite:  Minimum 16 years of age.  Bronze Cross certification and current .  Standard First Aid certification .

For more information on becoming a National Lifeguard contact the Lifesaving Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902 425 5450.

National Lifeguard Courses are offered throughout Nova Scotia throughout a network of Lifesaving Society affiliates.