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National Lifeguard is a legal certificate for lifeguarding throughout the country and is available in four options: Pool, Waterpark, Waterfront, and Surf. It is designed to develop the fundamental values, judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness required by lifeguards.


The National Lifeguard course emphasizes the lifeguarding skills, principles and practices, and the decision-making processes which will assist the lifeguard to provide effective safety supervision in swimming pool environments.

The Pool option is the core course needed to work as a lifeguard at pools in British Columbia.  Other "options" can be added on such as waterpark or waterfront should your facility fall into one of these categories.

Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Standard first aid from an accredited agency, CPR C.  Candidates MUST be 15 years old minimum age by the last day of the course.

More information is available on the Lifesaving Society of BC and Yukon website:

Course must also be recertified every two years to be valid.  This recert includes check of all practical skill proficiencies and updates from the Lifesaving Society.

Full Course - Pool Option

This is a 44 hour course designed to teach the core principles of lifeguarding.  It is required to work as a lifeguard.  Oxygen administration and airway management is also covered.  This is an intensive course and requires candidates to meet the Lifesaving standard of proficiency in order to qualify.

Prerequisites: Standard first aid with CPR C, Bronze Cross, minimum 15 years of age.

Location: Saint George's Kerr pool
4175 W. 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

(low reg)


Recertification of the National Lifeguard award is required every 2 years.  Updates will be provided from the Lifesaving Society and core skills will be tested to meet the standard.  This includes fitness, first aid and rescue skills.  Candidates must meet starndard in order to successfully recertify their National Lifeguard Award.

Prerequisites: National Lifeguard - Pool option

Location: Saint George's Kerr pool
4175 W. 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
October 1
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