National Lifeguard Pool Recert

National Lifeguard Recert

The objective of the NL Precertification is to provide candidates an opportunity to review NL skills and knowledge and to provide education on new information before the start of the Recertification. Although not a requirement, the BC & Yukon Branch highly recommends that candidates attend an NL Precert to promote professional development and success.

National Lifeguard Pool Proof of previous NL Pool certification
CPR C (with AED) Recommended
Instructional Time: 

The Precert clinic will be conducted in a format similar to the Recert clinic with an emphasis on learning and practice.  A variety of Precert clinic times may be available (4, 12, or 16 hours). The Precert is not required, but highly recommended.    The Recert session is a minimum of 4 hours.


A temporary certification card is issued on the last day of course to successful candidates that have shown pre-requisites.  A permanent Certification Card will be mailed within 60 days.  Contact the Lifesaving Society if temporary card has expired and a permanent card is not received.


All NL certifications are valid for two years. After two years the NL holder will attend an NL Recertification (NL Recert) to continue lifeguarding. As an NL certification is valid for 2 years, candidates who fail an NL recertification remain current until the expiry of their certification.

Candidates with an expired NL can attend an NL Recert at any time. It is recommended that a candidate who is more than 10 years expired take a full NL course again.

Please note that the Lifesaving Society does not grant extensions.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

2a. * Demonstrate anaerobic fitness and strength for an object recovery: Starting in the water, swim 15 metres and surface dive to recover a 9 kg (20 lb.) object; surface and carry the object 5 metres – all within 40 seconds.

2c. * Demonstrate anaerobic fitness: Starting in the water, swim 50 metres head-up within 60 seconds (50 yd. within 55 sec).

2e. * Demonstrate aerobic fitness and endurance: Swim 400 metres within 10 minutes (400 yd. within 9:10 minutes).

4. * Demonstrate effective communication with patrons, victims, other lifeguards, supervisors and emergency service personnel.

5a. * Demonstrate effective pool supervision using observation skills and scanning techniques.

5b. * Demonstrate effective pool supervision using lifeguard positioning and rotation.

9a. * Demonstrate effective management of a distressed or drowning victim in deep water.

9b. * Demonstrate effective management of a submerged, non-breathing victim and perform 10 cycles of 30 compressions: 2 ventilations on a CPR manikin.

9c. * Demonstrate effective management of a suspected spinal-injured victim:

  • Enter and approach a face-down victim in deep water; roll victim over, immobilize and carry 15 m.
  • With the assistance of one back-up lifeguard and one bystander, manage a spinal-injured victim on land or in shallow water.

9d. * Demonstrate effective management of an injured swimmer.

10. Respond to emergency situations as a single lifeguard and as both a member and a leader of a lifeguard team.