Lifeguard Programs

Interested in Lifeguarding?

Lifeguards are more than just good swimmers. They are water rescue professionals trained in emergency care. They prevent accidents. They identify hazards and determine safe practices. They educate the public about the hazards and risks associated with aquatic activities and how to be Water Smart®. And they are trained to spot potential trouble and intervene before it becomes life-threatening.

Lifeguarding is a fun, exciting and rewarding job. Lifeguarding is also a job that carries enormous responsibility. Which is why lifeguards take courses and train hard for events they hope will never happen and which they work hard to prevent.

Guards take continuous 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 Service (NLS) certification is the standard for professional lifeguards in Canada. The Lifesaving Society certifies 25,000 NLS guards annually.

Take this on-ramp for a lifeguard career: learn lifesaving in Swim Patrol and then earn the Bronze Star Award. Now you're ready for Bronze Medallion. This certification is the prerequisite to Bronze Cross which you need before taking National Lifeguard when you turn 16.

Application for recognition of foreign certifications and prior experience