National Lifeguard Examination Policy
The Lifesaving Society Prince Edward Island's National Lifeguard
Examination Policy defines the minimum conditions under which NLS
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 minimum equipment
identified on the National
Lifegurad exam equipment list.
- 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.
- In lifeguard situations, scenarios may include any of the test
items within the National Lifeguard options (e.g., public
relations, drowning non-swimmer, submerged victim, spinal-injured
victim, injured swimmer, facility emergency, enviromental
emergency). Note that first aid conditions are limited to those
outlined in Appendix A of the National Lifeguard Award
- 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 updated 2022 National Lifeguard program defines the
mandatory items which must be evaluated on National Lifeguard
National Lifeguard recertification Notes for Examiners or
the items marked with the † symbol in the National Lifeguard