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First Aid Prerequisite

The prerequistes to NLS are:

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Bronze Cross certification (need not be current)
  • Standard First Aid certificate (need not be current)

The Lifesaving Society only accepts Standard First Aid certificates from:

  • Lifesaving Society
  • St. John Ambulance
  • Canadian Ski Patrol
  • Canadian Red Cross

When a first aid certification from an agency other than the Lifesaving Society is used as a prerequisite for a Lifesaving Society award, a photocopy of the certification card must accompany the Lifesaving Society test sheets.

National Lifeguard candidates: If you are using a Standard First Aid certification from an agency other than the Lifesaving Society to fulfill the NLS prerequisite, you must provide a photocopy of your certification card to accompany the National Lifeguard test sheets. We will not issue your NLS award if this proof of prerequisite is missing.

Affiliates: Please notify NLS candidates of this prerequisite in your promotional materials and at registration locations.