The NLS Pool option builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the NLS core course to train lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a pool environment.

Prerequisites: 16 years old, Bronze Cross (need not be current), and current Standard First Aid Certification OR another NLS option (need not be current).

Evaluation: Items marked with an asterisk (*) are instructor-evaluated. Where applicable, examiners may evaluate any or all of these items, at their discretion.

Test items:

  1. * Through practical activities, when possible, demonstrate an understanding of:
    • Features that vary from pool to pool (or from time to time) and how analysis of these affects lifeguarding.
    • The role of water treatment systems in providing a safe and comfortable bather environment.
    • The hazardous nature of chemicals used in swimming pools and the special training required for their safe
    • Environmental hazards of pools such as glare, water quality and evacuations due to weather.
  2. * Establish effective supervision of an aquatic facility using:
    1. Observation skills and scanning techniques.
    2. Positioning and rotation.
  3. * Demonstrate three entries and three removals appropriate for a pool environment.
  4. * Demonstrate appropriate rescue techniques for a specific pool feature (for example, deep water, bulkheads, shallow steps, wading pool, whirlpool, heights, ramps, flumes, diving boards or towers, or wave action pool).
  5. * Carry out an effective search for a missing person in the facility.
  6. * Perform the following physical standards:
    1. Contact and roll over an unconscious victim with a spinal injury in deep water. Carry the victim 15 m, while maintaining immobilization and supporting the victim’s mouth and nose above the water.
    2. Starting in the water, swim a 15 m approach and surface dive to recover a 9 kg object located at a maximum depth of 3 m. Surface and carry the object 5 m to the poolside.
    3. Starting in the water, swim a 15 m approach to contact a drowning victim in deep water. Carry the victim 5 m, supporting his or her head and shoulders above the water.
    4. Approach 5 m on the deck, perform a quick entry into the water and swim a 15 m approach to the submerged victim and carry him or her 15 m, using a control carry.
  7. Respond to an emergency situation as a single lifeguard or as a member of a lifeguard team.