National Lifeguard Surf Recert


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

National Lifeguard Surf Option Proof of 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 all 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.


NL Surf certification is valid for two years from the date of certification or recertification. 

Please note that the Lifesaving Society does not grant extensions.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

1a. *Demonstrate aerobic endurance: Run 100 metres with a rescue aid to enter the water; swim 100 metres to recover a conscious victim; tow the victim 100 metres - all within 8 minutes.

1b. *Demonstrate aerobic fitness: Run 200 metres; swim 200 metres; run 200 metres - all within 8 minutes.

1c. *Demonstrate strength and fitness: Approach 5 metres on the beach; enter the water to turn over and recover a passive or unconscious victim in waist-deep water; return the victim to shore and carry or drag 15 metres from the water's edge.

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

4a. *Demonstrate effective surf beach supervision using observation skills and scanning techniques.

4b. *Demonstrate effective surf beach supervision using lifeguard positioning and rotation.

6. *Demonstrate effective use of a rescue board or rescue craft: Approach 5 metres on the beach; enter the water with a rescue craft; pick up a victim 100 metres away and return to shore.

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 with the assistance of backup lifeguards and bystanders.

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.