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The International Life Saving Federation’s World Conference

The International Life Saving Federation’s World Conference on Drowning Prevention is coming to Canada. In fact, this is the first time the event has been held in North America.

Hosted in beautiful Vancouver by the Lifesaving Society Canada.
A unique and cost-effective opportunity for Canadians to learn first-hand from world experts in research, education and community action: best practices and proven drowning prevention strategies, and the latest water rescue research and first aid techniques.

Who should attend?
Aquatic professionals and other municipal leaders responsible for public health and safety issues in their communities. Several organizations — including the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) and Swimming/Natation Canada — are planning their meetings and conferences for Vancouver to take advantage of attending WCDP 2017.

Share globally. Prevent locally.
The World Health Organization has placed drowning on the health agendas of nations around the world. In Canada, the Lifesaving Society has engaged key stakeholders in the formation of a Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition to create a National Drowning Prevention Plan. Community action will be an essential element in any successful drowning prevention strategy in Canada. Come and be part of it.

Register now at
Monitor the WCDP2017 website for details.

May 10, 2017|News|

World Health Organization puts drowning on the public health agenda

As Canada’s leader in drowning prevention, the Lifesaving Society Canada draws your attention to the newly released World Health Organization’s Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer. This is the first time the World Health Organization (WHO) has devoted a report exclusively to drowning. Its significance cannot be underestimated.

November 17, 2014|Media release|

Canada wins bid to host World Conference on Drowning Prevention in 2017

The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) announced today that Canada won its bid to host the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2017. The bid was submitted by Lifesaving Society Canada with strong support from Lifesaving Society Canada – British Columbia and Yukon Branch. Graham Ford, ILS President, revealed the final decision at its Board of Directors Meeting held in La Grande-Motte, France.

September 16, 2014|Media release|

Dolphin racing board draw at 2014 CSLCs

Enter the Dolphin Surf Ski Race and/or the Dolphin Board Race at the 2014 Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships, August 22-24 at Parlee Beach Provincial Park, New Brunswick.

One male and one female winner will be selected by random draw from the names of all competitors who complete one or both of these events.

(One ballot per competitor.)

The registration deadline for the 2014 CSLCs is Aug. 11.

July 8, 2014|Lifesaving Sport News|

National Drowning Report – 2014 Edition: Different format for this year’s report

The Lifesaving Society Canada, in association with its Lifesaving Society Branches across Canada, and the Drowning Prevention Research Centre, has just released the new National Drowning Report – 2014 Edition

May 12, 2014|Media release|

New Public Pool Safety Standards for Canadian Public Swimming Pools

The Lifesaving Society Canada, in association with its Provincial/Territorial Branches across Canada, has published the new National Public Pool Safety Standards for Canadian Public Swimming Pools.

April 3, 2014|Media release|

Study Reveals New Canadians at Higher Risk for Drowning

Results from a new study commissioned by the Lifesaving Society, a charitable organization working to prevent drowning, show that ‘new Canadians’ – particularly those who have been living in Canada for less than five years – are at higher risk for drowning when boating and swimming. In fact, despite plans by 79 per cent of new Canadians to be in and around water this summer, they are four times more likely to be unable to swim than those born in Canada.

July 15, 2010|Media release|

New Canadians at higher risk of drowning – Key Findings

The Influence of Ethnicity on Aquatic Participation and Drowning in Canada

July 15, 2010|Media release|

Drowning & Water Safety Fact Sheet

Below is a summary of facts about drowning deaths in Canada. The statistics are from data compiled from the Chief Coroner’s Offices in all provinces. The year 2006 is the most recent year for which data is available.

July 15, 2010|Media release|

Single Lifeguard Standard

The Lifesaving Society is a full-service provider of programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning. We save lives and prevent water-related injury through our training programs, Water Smart® public education, water-incident research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Annually, well over 700,000 Canadians participate in the Society’s swimming, lifesaving, lifeguard and leadership training programs. The Society sets the standard for aquatic safety in Canada and certifies Canada’s National Lifeguards.

October 1, 2008|Position statement|