CHANGES IN THE PREREQUISITES FOR THE NATIONAL LIFEGUARD AWARD
For all candidates to the National Lifeguard Award, certain prerequisites must be met:
- To be at least 15 years of age at the final evaluation
- To hold a Bronze Cross award
- To hold a Standard First Aid/AED or an Aquatic Emergency Care/AED award
- For the Waterpark option: to hold a National Lifeguard – Pool award
- For the Surf option: to hold a National Lifeguard – Waterfront award
Starting November 1st 2020:
- It will now be possible for a candidate to take the National Lifeguard Award exam if they are at least 15 years of age on the day of the evaluation.
Please note that according to the B-1.1, r. 11 chapter of the Regulation respecting safety in public baths, a Lifeguard must:
a) Be at least 17 years of age; and
b) Hold one of the following certificates dated not more than 2 years previously:
- A Professional Lifeguarding Certificate issued by the Académie de Sauvetage du Québec Inc.;
- A National Lifeguard Certificate issued by the National Lifeguarding Service Inc.;
- A Water Instructor Certificate issued by the Canadian Red Cross Society or the Royal Lifesaving Society of Canada;
- A Swimming Instructor Certificate and Lifesaving Instructor Certificate issued by a YMCA or YWCA, as part of a national program of aquatic activities sponsored by the YMCA of Canada.
A candidate of 16 years of age who holds a National Lifeguard Certificate may be hired as an Assistant Lifeguard.