The Lifesaving Society New Brunswick'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
Lifeguard 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
Recertifications. See National Lifeguard recertification Notes for
Examiners or the items marked with the † symbol in the
National Lifeguard Award Guide.