Lifeguarding is a serious job that carries great responsibility, but it also carries enjoyment and a thrilling experience. Lifeguards undertake courses that enhance their capabilities to help the people they are watching over, and work hard to prevent the worst scenarios.
Only those who are certified will be able to get a hold of the National Lifeguard Certification. Question now is, what is this Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard Certification and how can you get it?
It is a certification given to lifeguards who have undertaken and passed the evaluation and tests given by National Lifeguard Instructors and National Lifeguard Examiners. The tests and evaluations are based on a reference material, which is “Alert: Lifeguarding in Action”. The Lifesaving Society deems this certification “current” or active for 24 months after the certification.
Candidates for certification are responsible for reviewing the contents based on the reference. It is also their duty to take on their own preparations before taking the exam. This certification exam is an opportunity for lifeguards to showcase their skills and abilities and demonstrate all that they learned through their experiences and also from the courses they took.
After 24 months of certification, candidates will need to undergo another exam, which is the Recertification Examination, to make their old certifications “current” or active again. The exam is based on the National Lifeguard Award curriculum. The required content for this curriculum can be found in the Alert text and the Canadian Lifesaving Manual. Candidates should bring Alert, a whistle, barrier devices (gloves and pocket mask) and proof of prerequisite (previous National Lifeguard).
If you are interested to become a lifeguard, Zodiac Swim School offers the National Lifeguard course under our Aquatic Leadership program and in partnership with Lifesaving Society. Our aim is to train lifeguards with competence and skills to be at their best. There are a number of prerequisites for you to take on the lifeguard course. These are:
- You should be at least 16 to qualify for the course
- Bronze Cross certification
- Standard First Aid-CPR Certification from any of the following: Lifesaving Society, St. John’s Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, or Canadian Ski Patrol.
The National Lifeguard Certification is a premium proof of worth and skill. This is a ticket to raise a lifeguard’s value as they work in the future. Zodiac Swim School offers the opportunity to give assistance to aspiring lifeguards to take on this certification examination. Zodiac also offers an Examiner Standards Clinic for those who aim to be Lifeguard Examiners. All these opportunities are under their Aquatic Leadership Program. If you want to be a lifeguard and aspire to be the best, Zodiac is the answer you’ve been waiting for.