Training Programs

Training Programs

NL Surf

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.

Test items:

    1. 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.
    2. Demonstrate aerobic fitness: Run 200 metres; swim 200 metres; run 200 metres in 8 minutes or less.
    3. 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.
  1. Through practical activities wherever possible, candidates demonstrate an understanding of facility analysis, hazards and water quality/control unique to a surf environment.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication with patrons, victims, other lifeguards, supervisors and emergency service personnel.
    1. Demonstrate effective surf beach supervision using observation skills and scanning techniques.
    2. Demonstrate effective surf beach supervision using lifeguard positioning and rotation.
    3. Demonstrate ability to recognize situations in which early lifeguard intervention may prevent a rescue emergency.
  3. Demonstrate a variety of entries with a rescue aid and a variety of removals appropriate to a surf environment.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate an effective search of a surf beach 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 with the assistance of back-up lifeguards and bystanders.
    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.