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Frequently Asked Questions / Help

Can I get an extension on my National Lifeguard certification?

No, there are no extensions; once your National Lifeguard certification expires you cannot lifeguard. Award holders with lapsed certificates must attend a recertification course. National Lifeguard recertification courses are generally four hours in duration.

How old do I have to be to take the National Lifeguard exam?

You must be 15 years of age on the day of the exam. You may take the course prior to turning 15, but you have to wait to do the exam until you are 15.

I am moving to another province, what should I do?

Contact us. We will transfer your awards to the appropriate branch. Your information will still be in our database, should you return to Nova Scotia.

If my National Lifeguard waterfront is current, but my National Lifeguard pool is not, can I still guard at a pool?

The provincial guidelines recommend that you are current in the certification that matches the conditions where you lifeguard