National Lifeguard (NLS)
A Lifesaving Society Program
NLS - NEW STANDARDS as of September 1st, 2012
The Lifesaving Society's National Lifeguard certification is Canada's professional liffeguard standard. Since it was formed, the National Lifeguard traning program has undergone periodic revision. The latest update - introducted in June 2012 - features revised test items and performance standards and incorporates the most recent international resuscitation guidelines. the updated National Lifeguard curriculum is ground in imporant lifeguard competencies - judegment, knowledge, skill, fitness - and will include the following Physical Standards:
Item 2a Object recovery Demonstate the anaerobic fitness and strength for an object receovery Starting in the water, swim 15m and surface dive to recovera 20lb object; surface and carry the object 5 m - all within 40 sec; Item 2b Underwater Swim Demonstrate anaerobic finess and skill for an underwater swim: Starting in the water, submerge and swim 15m underwater; Item 2c Sprint challenge Demonstrate anaerobic fitness: Starting in the water, swim 50m head-up within 60 sec.; Item 2d Rescue drill 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 m away; carry the manikin or victim 25 m - all within 90 seconds; Item 2e Endurance challenge Demonstrate aerobic fitness and endurance: Swim 400 m within 10 min; Item 2f Approach & carry Demonstrate endurance and strength for a distressed victim rescue: Starting in the water, approach 15m head-up to contact a distressed victim in deep water; carry the victim 5 m supporting the victim's head and shoulders above the surface.
AED - August 2012 course only
This course builds on the skills learned in CPR and first aid courses. It provides knowledge of how the heart works and what goes wrong when defibrillation is required. Candidates will learn when and how to operate a public access defibrillator.
As a whistle and basic first aid kit are required for use and evaluated in NLS they have both been included in the course cost and will be issued to each candidate on the first class along with their required text, The Alert Manual. Candidates will also receive a Lifeguard waist pack to carry their CPR mask and gloves.
Prerequisites: 16 years of age AND Bronze Cross AND a Standard First Aid-CPR C
Please note: That the Standard First Aid-CPR C award MUST be issued by one of the following agencies-Lifesaving Society, Canadian Red Cross, St. John’s Ambulance or Canadian Ski Patrol
Required Materials: The Canadian Lifesaving Manual, CPR mask, gloves
(If a candidate does not have any of the above items, they can be purchased from Zodiac at time of registration)
Course Duration: 44 hours
Course Cost: $455 incl. HST