National Lifeguard Service certification is the industry standard for professional lifeguards in Canada. National Lifeguards are water rescue professionals trained in emergency care. They prevent accidents. They are trained to spot potential trouble and intervene before it becomes life-threatening. They identify hazards and determine safe practices. They educate the public about the hazards and risks associated with aquatic activities and how to be Water Smart.

June 1, 2012 marked the official release of the revised National Lifeguard training program across Canada. National Lifeguard Instructors must attend an National Lifeguard Update Clinic before teaching the revised program. All new NLS materials read Revised 2012.