National Lifeguard Pool

About the course: 

The National Lifeguard Pool certification 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.

This course will also include the Airway Management & Oxygen Administration certification.

Please check the prerequisites and ensure you have everything necessary before registering. 

Course Duration

44 hours




Minimum age 15 years old

Bronze Cross Certification

Standard First Aid with CPR C/AED (must be from one of the following agencies: Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Ski Patrol, Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation)


Aquatic Locations only

Currency of Award

2 years

Course Price

$425 + GST

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Does the National Lifeguard certification expire?

Yes, the National Lifeguard certification expires after two years. After two years, lifeguards must take a recertification course to maintain their certification.

What do you need to complete the National Lifeguard Pool Course?

To obtain National Lifeguard certification in BC, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Hold a Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification from a recognized agency
  • Have a Bronze Cross certification
  • Pass the National Lifeguard certification course
What Will I Learn in the National Lifeguard Training?

National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

The National Lifeguard training program is designed for lifesavers who wish to obtain a responsible job and leadership experience. Successful candidates are certified by the Lifesaving Society – Canada’s lifeguarding experts.