National Lifeguard Training

Recognized as the standard measure of lifeguard performance in Canada, NL education is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard.

The National Lifeguard® (NL) award builds on the skills, knowledge and values that the Lifesaving Society teaches in its Pre-Bronze and Bronze Medal awards.

The primary role of the National Lifeguard is the prevention of emergency situations and, where this fails, the timely and effective resolution of emergencies. The NL award is designed to prepare lifeguards to fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatics.  NL training is designed to teach the principles and develop the basic lifeguarding skills and decision-making processes that will help lifeguards evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies.

The NL Pool option builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the NL core course to train lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a pool environment.  The remaining three options provide the candidate with training designed for specific environments such as waterparks, waterfronts and surf environments.