The NL Surf option builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the NL Waterfront program to train lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a surf or ocean environment.
Prerequisites: NL Waterfront (need not be current).
Evaluation: All items are evaluated by a National Lifeguard Instructor and/or National Lifeguard Examiner who holds an NL Surf certification.
Use of equipment: Wetsuits and goggles may be used throughout the course. Fins may be used where indicated in the test item notes.
- Demonstrate aerobic endurance: Run 100 metres with a rescue aid; enter water and swim 100 metres to recover a conscious victim; tow victim 100 metres in 8 minutes or less.
- Demonstrate aerobic fitness: Run 200 metres; swim 200 metres; run 200 metres in 8 minutes or less.
- Demonstrate strength and fitness: Approach 5 metres on the beach; enter water to turn over and recover a passive or unconscious victim in waist-deep water; return victim to shore and carry or drag 15 metres from the water’s edge.
- Through practical activities wherever possible, candidates demonstrate an understanding of facility analysis, hazards and water quality/control unique to a surf environment.
- Demonstrate effective communication with patrons, victims, other lifeguards, supervisors and emergency service personnel.
- Demonstrate effective surf beach supervision using observation skills and scanning techniques.
- Demonstrate effective surf beach supervision using lifeguard positioning and rotation.
- Demonstrate ability to recognize situations in which early lifeguard intervention may prevent a rescue emergency.
- Demonstrate a variety of entries with a rescue aid and a variety of removals appropriate to a surf environment.
- Demonstrate effective use of a rescue board or rescue craft: Approach 5 metres (max.) on a beach; enter the water with rescue craft; pick up a victim 100 metres distant and return to shore.
- Wearing mask, fins and snorkel, swim 5 metres at the surface; head-first surface dive and swim 15 metres underwater; surface, purge snorkel and swim 5 metres at surface.
- Demonstrate an effective search of a surf beach for a missing person in both a leadership role and as a team member.
- Demonstrate effective management of a distressed or drowning victim in deep water.
- Demonstrate effective management of a submerged, non-breathing victim and perform 10 cycles of 30 compressions: 2 ventilations on a CPR manikin.
- Demonstrate effective management of a suspected spinal-injured victim with the assistance of back-up lifeguards and bystanders.
- Demonstrate effective management of an injured swimmer.
- Respond to emergency situations as a single lifeguard and as both a member and leader of a lifeguard team.