National Lifeguard Examination Policy
The Lifesaving Society Newfoundland Labrador National Lifeguard
Examination Policy defines the minimum conditions under which
National Lifeguard examinations may occur:
- All National Lifeguard examinations must be submitted by an
Affiliate Member of the Society.
- Pool facilities must meet the following minimum standards: 15 m
long, 5 m wide and 1.5 m deep.
- All examinations must be conducted with the following minimum
- Spineboard (with head immobilizer and straps recommended)
- 20 lb. / 9 kg brick or equivalent
- CPR manikin
- Suitable rescue aids (PFDs, lifejackets, rescue tubes /
- Sufficient barrier devices (masks and gloves)
- Sufficient first aid supplies
- The minimum number of candidates is one. However, additional
and currently certified National Lifeguards must participate during
situations - as the second lifeguard. The second lifeguard may not
be the National Lifeguard Examiner conducting the exam.
- Candidates respond to emergency situations as a single
lifeguard and as both a member and leader of a lifeguard team. A
minimum of three lifeguarding situations are required.
- The minimum number of potential victims may not be less than
six. Victims' names and contact information must be recorded and
submitted with the test sheets.
On exams with 8 candidates or more, no additional "victims" are
required (because this number provides for 2-lifeguard situations
with 6 victims). However, on exams with fewer than 8 candidates,
the number of candidates and the number of additional volunteers
must add up to a minimum of 8, and the names and contact
information for all volunteers must be submitted with the test
- The National Lifeguard program defines the mandatory items
which must be evaluated on National Lifeguard Recertifications (see
NLS Recertification Notes for Instructors or the items marked with
the † symbol on the "Revised 2012" NLS test sheets).