National Lifeguard Waterpark Recert


The objective of the NL Waterpark Precert clinic is to provide candidates an opportunity to review waterpark 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 Waterpark Precert to promote professional development and success. 

See Information for candidates below.

National Lifeguard Waterpark Proof of previous Waterpark Option 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.


Waterpark option is valid for two years from the date of certification or recertification.  

Please note that the Lifesaving Society does not grant extensions to any certifications.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

1a. *Demonstrate anaerobic fitness for a spinal-injured victim recovery: In deep water, roll over a facedown, unconscious victim with a suspected spinal injury; carry the victim 15 metres while maintaining immobilization and victim's mouth and nose above the surface.

1 b. *Demonstrate endurance and strength for a distressed victim rescue: Starting in the water, approach 15 metres head-up to contact a distressed victim in deep water; carry the victim 10 metres supporting the victim's head and shoulders above the surface.

3. *Demonstrate an understanding of safety considerations and effective lifeguarding for each of the following: moderate slides, high-speed slides, drop-off slides, free-fall slides, "kiddie" slides.

6. *Demonstrate effective communication with patrons, victims, other lifeguards, supervisors and emergency

service personnel.

7a. *Demonstrate effective waterpark supervision using observation skills and scanning techniques.

7b. *Demonstrate effective waterpark supervision using lifeguard positioning and rotation.

11a.*Demonstrate effective management of a distressed or drowning victim in deep water

11b.*Demonstrate effective management of a submerged, non-breathing victim and perform 10 cycles of 30 compressions: 2 ventilations on a CPR manikin.

11c.* Demonstrate effective management of a victim with a suspected spinal injury who is located in a catch basin, wave pool, channel, stairs, or who has fallen from a height. Demonstrate this item as a member or a leader of a lifeguard team.

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