Training Programs

Training Programs

NL Pool

The NL Pool option builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the Bronze Programs to train lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a pool environment.

Prerequisites: 15 years old, Bronze Cross, and Standard First Aid OR Aquatic Emergency Care (prerequisites need not be current)

Evaluation: All items are evaluated by a National Lifeguard Instructor and/or National Lifeguard Examiner who holds an NL Pool certification.

Test items:

  1. Through practical activities, candidates answer questions on the principles and techniques of lifeguarding included in NLS test items. In addition, candidates prepare to answer questions drawn from the Canadian Lifesaving Manual (CLM) and Alert.
    1. Demonstrate anaerobic fitness and strength for an object recovery: Starting in the water, swim 15 metres and surface dive to recover a 9 kg (20 lb.) object located at a depth of 1.5 to 3 metres; surface and carry the object 5 metres in 40 seconds or less.
    2. Demonstrate anaerobic fitness and skill for an underwater swim: Starting in the water, submerge and swim 15 metres underwater.
    3. Demonstrate anaerobic fitness: Starting in the water, swim head-up 50 metres in 60 seconds or less (50 yd. in 55 sec).
    4. Demonstrate endurance and strength for a submerged manikin or victim recovery and rescue: Starting in the water, swim to recover a submerged manikin or victim located 25 metres (or yards) away; carry the manikin or victim 25 metres in 90 seconds or less (25 yd. in 82 sec.).
    5. Demonstrate aerobic fitness and endurance: Swim 400 metres in 10 minutes or less (400 yd. in 9:10 minutes).
    6. Demonstrate endurance and strength for a distressed victim rescue: Starting in the water, head-up approach 15 metres to contact a distressed victim in deep water; carry the victim 5 metres supporting the victim’s head and shoulders above the surface.
  2. Through practical activities wherever possible, candidates demonstrate an understanding of facility analysis, hazards and water quality/control.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication with patrons, victims, other lifeguards, supervisors and emergency service personnel.
    1. Demonstrate effective pool supervision using observation skills and scanning techniques.
    2. Demonstrate effective pool supervision using lifeguard positioning and rotation.
    3. Demonstrate ability to recognize situations in which early lifeguard intervention may prevent a rescue emergency.
  4. Demonstrate three entries and three removals appropriate for a pool environment.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of different rescue techniques appropriate for specific pool features and special situations.
  6. Demonstrate an effective search of the aquatic facility for a missing person in both a leadership role and as a team member.
    1. Demonstrate effective management of a distressed or drowning victim in deep water.
    2. Demonstrate effective management of a submerged, non-breathing victim and perform 10 cycles of 30 compressions: 2 ventilations on a CPR manikin.
    3. Demonstrate effective management of a suspected spinal-injured victim.
    4. Demonstrate effective management of an injured swimmer.
  7. Respond to emergency situations as a single lifeguard and as both a member and leader of a lifeguard team.