As Canada's professional lifeguard standard, National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard's role. The course emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 metre sprint challenge, 50 metre rescue drill, and 400 metre endurance challenge.
Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age by the exam date, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid from one of Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol.