Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard (NL) Waterfront and Surf Option Combined Course

Hooksum Outdoor School is the only BC Lifesaving Society Affiliate offering NL Surf Option. NL Surf Option is for lifeguards working in surf environments. Trainees work in waves of at least 1 metre and from at least 3 different types of beaches.


June 09 - 13, 2017


Hooksum Outdoor School


Danny Burgi


Hesquiat Harbour
PO Box 352


Location: Hooksum Outdoor School is located in Hesquiat Harbour on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The area is accessible only by boat or float plane.
All course activities will take place in the Hooksum longhouse, on the beaches, and in the open Pacific.

Instructor: Danny Burgi. Danny has 20 years of experience teaching lifeguarding. He is the father of four, an endurance triathlete, and a professional firefighter.

Travel: Transportation to Hooksum from Tofino at the beginning of the course and back to Tofino at the end of the course is by water taxi. This travel cost is included in your course fees.
You can plan for an approximate departure time of 3:00 pm from Tofino on June 9th. You can plan to arrive back in Tofino on June 13th by 2:00 pm. We will confirm exact water taxi times with you in advance of the course.

Equipment: Participants need to bring:
• Wetsuit with booties and gloves (ensure that your wetsuit is warm enough to spend longer stretches of time in the open Pacific) Note: If you are stuck for a wetsuit, Hooksum Outdoor School has suits that you can borrow here.
• Alert manual
• Pocket mask and whistle
• Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
• Personal clothing (warm jacket, fleeces, raincoat are recommended)
• Snorkels, masks and fins
• Surf boards

Food: All food and hearty meals are provided for the duration of the course. Please mention any food allergies and/or dietary requirements on the Application Form so that we can meet your needs.

Accommodation: Accommodation is in the Hooksum Longhouse. The Longhouse is a large open building with a central fireplace. If you prefer more privacy, please bring your own tent. There are plenty of good camping spots nearby.


Please note that there are no exceptions to these prerequisites: NL Pool (current) CPR-C (current within 1 year)- strongly recommended

Course fee:


How to register:

Request an Application Form from Hooksum Outdoor School. Email is the best way to reach us! Return the completed form via email or regular mail. You will then be notified of your acceptance into the course.