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National Lifeguard Instructor

The National Lifeguard Instructor course provides candidates with an understanding of the principles and practices on which the NLS program is based. The course explores teaching approaches and techniques appropriate for NLS candidates.

After successful completion of the course, National Lifeguard Instructors are certified to teach the National Lifeguard course.

Prerequisites: National Lifeguard (any option) and Lifesaving Instructor and Advanced Instructor certifications (need not be current).

Evaluation & certification: NLS Instructor Trainers teach, evaluate and certify NLS Instructors. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Course length: Minimum 12-16 hr. classroom and water time.

Reference materials required: Alert: lifeguarding in action, National Lifeguard Award Guide.

Costs: In addition to the required reference materials, a certification fee is payable to the Lifesaving Society. Course organizers charge a fee to cover the costs of running the course.

Recertification: Instructors remain current by recertifying within 24 months of the last certification date. Recertification is through the Society's professional development credit system.