June 15, 2016


Why lifesaving? Is it just swimming?

Lifesaving is the act involving rescue, resuscitation and first aid. Lifesavers, or commonly known as lifeguards, are the first responders to perform any water-based rescue when needed. In addition, lifeguards play a major role in ensuring that pool users are aware of the pool water safety, preventing accidents from happening. As active lifesavers, our competencies based on a combination of judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness are vital to the society.

I am keen in signing up for the lifesaving courses. When and how can I register?

Lifesaving courses are offered at the beginning of every semester. Do drop by at the CCA booth (Semester 1 – NTUSU Welcome Week; Semester 2 – Sports Exposé) to find out more about the registration process.

There will be a Welcome Tea session conducted by NTULGC before the commencement of the lifesaving courses. The purpose of the session is to invite those who are undecided to come down to the NTU SRC Pool and interact with the NTULGC members, have a glimpse of what lifesaving is about through a demonstration, as well as clearing doubts with the course instructor and committee members.

The date and time of this session will be confirmed during the first week of the semester. Look out for updates on our official Facebook Page.

I am not a strong swimmer. I can only swim with breaststroke, and not freestyle. Is it alright if I can still join the lifesaving course despite being a weak swimmer?

There will be a swimming category test prior to the commencement of the lifesaving course so as to judge your swimming capabilities. If you meet the criteria, you can straight away join the lifesaving course. Our friendly members will be around to assist and correct your swimming strokes and techniques!

What are the lifesaving courses that I need to pass in order to be a qualified lifeguard?

You will need to acquire the Lifesaving 1, 2, 3, Standard Resuscitation (CPR) & Bronze Medallion awards in order to be a qualified lifeguard. Swimming proficiency awards such as NASSA Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Goldstar are not required. If you are keen to learn and pick up more advance lifesaving skills & techniques, fret not! We do offer Senior Resuscitation, Award of Merit, Bronze Cross courses and many more!

How much is the course fee for the Lifesaving 123/Standard Resuscitation (CPR)/Bronze Medallion courses all together?

If you are an NTU/NIE student, the course fee is S$350. If you are an NTU/NIE staff, the course fee is S$500. It is mandatory for all NTU/NIE students to serve a total of 15 hours of lifeguard duty prior to the completion of the basic lifesaving courses. Treat this as a learning experience.

What is the duration of the lifesaving courses?

The Lifesaving 123, Standard Resuscitation (CPR) & Bronze Medallion courses together will take up about one entire semester. Most of the past batches completed all the courses before the examination period. However, the Bronze Medallion test can be pushed back to post-examination period based on the performance of the class as a whole. For that case, the course will halt for about 1 or 2 weeks before the examinations so as to cater for the busy study period that all NTU/NIE students have to undertake. Unfortunately, for NTU/NIE staff, you will have to follow the training programme that the NTU/NIE students follow.

Is there an expiry date for the lifesaving certificates?

The validity of Lifesaving 1, 2, 3 & Bronze Medallion certificates are for life. However, the Standard Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is only valid for 2 years from the date of examination. The CPR syllabus is constantly changing every now and then. We welcome any members to retake the Standard Resuscitation (CPR) course offered in every semester. This is subjected to the course class size and availability.

I am an NS man. I took the CPR+AED Provider Course that was taught by the SAF Medical Training Institute, and accredited by National Resuscitation Council, Singapore. Am I exempted from taking the SLSS CPR Course?

Unfortunately, no. Certificates from any organisation other than Singapore Life Saving Society (SLSS) will not be accepted. This is because there are certain CPR skills taught that are accommodated for swimming pool or open water situations.

I have graduated from NTU/NIE. I was wondering if I can still sign up for the lifesaving courses.

Lifesaving courses conducted by NTULGC are offered only to undergraduates, post-graduate students and staff of NTU/NIE.

I missed out on the recruitment drive during the NTUSU Welcome Week (Semester 1) or Sports Exposé (Semester 2). Is it too late to sign up for the lifesaving courses?

Lifesaving courses commence during the second week of every semester. Do contact us at our Facebook page or send in your enquires at lgc-course@e.ntu.edu.sg for further details. We will try our best to answer your queries promptly!

Advanced Courses (SR, AM, DA, BC, SC)

I took my lifesaving 123, CPR & Bronze Medallion Courses from an external class during my earlier days. I am keen to refresh my lifesaving skills and take up advanced lifesaving courses. When and how can I register?

Advanced lifesaving courses are usually offered in the second semester as there will be students who have passed their basic lifesaving courses in semester one, and intend to learn more advanced lifesaving techniques in the subsequent semester. The opening of advanced lifesaving course classes are strictly subjected to the class size and availability. Do drop by at the Sports Exposé CCA booth for more clarification. Alternatively, email to us your queries at lgc-course@e.ntu.edu.sg. We will be happy to assist you.

How much is the course fee for the advanced lifesaving courses?

There are many combinations to take for the advanced lifesaving courses. For more information, please email us at lgc-course@e.ntu.edu.sg.

My SLSS Standard Resuscitation (CPR) certificate has expired. Can I consider taking the Senior Resuscitation Award only?

Yes you can. The pre-requisite for this award is the standard resuscitation (CPR) award. You do not have to have a valid CPR award in order to take up the senior resuscitation course. We encourage you to take up Senior Resuscitation instead of re-taking CPR. You will have the opportunity to learn cool skills such as two rescuer CPR & mouth-to-mask resuscitation! The validity for Senior Resuscitation Award is two years from the date of examination.


For more enquiries, email us at lgc-enquiries@e.ntu.edu.sg