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“400+ Drowning Deaths a Year still too many” reports Lifesaving Society on launch of National Drowning Prevention Week

With more than 400 fatalities annually, drowning remains the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60 years of age reports the Lifesaving Society, Canada’s lifeguarding experts. In fact, more than 60% of all drowning deaths in Canada occur during participation in summer-time recreational activities including swimming and fishing or boating, with approximately two-thirds of drownings occurring just 15 meters from safety.

July 21, 2008|Media release|

Rescue 2008 – Team Canada – Day 1 Results

Canada stands 9th overall out of 37 teams at conclusion of Day 1 in Berlin.

July 21, 2008|Media release|

Canadian named as President of International Life Saving Federation at Berlin meeting

A Canadian, Dr. Steve Beerman of Nanaimo, BC and a Past National President of the Lifesaving Society Canada (1991-1994) was elected as President of the International Life Saving Federation at the ILS General Assembly in Berlin this past weekend.

June 21, 2008|Media release|

Society announces National Team for 2008 World Lifesaving Championships

The Lifesaving Society is pleased to announce appointments to Canada’s National Lifesaving Team for the 2008 World Lifesaving Championships. National Team members are: (men) Jason Cross (NS), Jordan Duggan (ON), Nelson Giraldo (PQ), Alex Griffith (ON), Scott Van Doormaal (ON), William Walters (BC); (women) Renata Jaciw-Zurakowsky (ON), Laura Kendall (ON), Chantique Payne (ON), Emmanuella Ruel (PQ), Christie Smith (ON), Allyson Tayler (ON)

May 7, 2008|Media release|

Use of Defibrillators by Lifeguards

Since the mid-1980s, many lifesaving standard-setting agencies have endorsed and promoted the position that a strong community-wide “system” for emergency cardiac care improves outcomes. The system has been referred to as the “chain of survival” and involves four mutually dependent components: early access to the Emergency Medical System (EMS); early CPR; early defibrillation; early advanced care.

May 7, 2007|Position statement|

Sun Protection in the Aquatic Environment

Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause skin degeneration, including skin cancers in some individuals, often many years after the exposure. All Canadians should be made aware of the health risks related to excessive and prolonged sun exposure. Risk reduction and early detection practices should be encouraged. Risk reduction strategies include apparel (shirt, hat, shorts, swimsuit, etc.), sunglasses, shade, work scheduling rotations/position, rehydration, sunscreen and skin surveillance.

May 7, 2007|Position statement|

Safety Guidelines

Lifeguards and their employers share responsibility for ensuring that lifeguards receive ongoing training, which includes training related to their place of employment.

May 7, 2007|Position statement|

Boating Issues

For many years, boating fatalities have been a leading cause of death in Canada. The Lifesaving Society believes that the proper education of boaters, regarding safe operation of their boats and improved government regulations, related to the wearing of lifejackets/PFDs and the age of boat operators, would make a significant impact on the number of drownings and water-related incidents recorded each year.

May 7, 2006|Position statement|

Canada takes SERC in South Africa

Canada’s National Team won the Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) at the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in Durban, South Africa yesterday. Canada’s SERC team consisted of Jeff Arthurs, Véronique Comtois, John Eddolls and Bryan McMillan.

July 4, 2003|Media release|

Ice Safety

(Ottawa) When we think of drownings and other-water related deaths, we usually think of warm weather activities. The most recent tragic death of a 5-year-old who fell through the ice and drowned in the Lièvre River is a reminder that ice is not as safe as you might think.

Ice thickness is the most recognized factor for determining ice strength; however, do not judge ice safety on thickness alone. Different types of ice may be equally thick, but unequal in their weight-bearing capacity. Ice does not form at or maintain a uniform thickness, even in the same location.

The Lifesaving Society recommends a minimum ice thickness of 10 cm (4 in.) for a single person to walk on it, ice fish or cross-country ski. What you need to remember is that this recommendation is for new, clear ice under ideal conditions. There is a perception that if the weather has been cold, the ice must be solid and safe. Other factors that are largely independent of air temperature—such as wind, a layer of snow or ice, currents and fluctuating water levels—can weaken ice and make it unable to bear weight.

While the process of ice formation on lakes and rivers is the same, each body of water has special characteristics that must be taken into account when determining ice thickness and strength. Large deep lakes take longer to freeze and although the shore water will freeze faster, it may be weaker due to the shifting and expansion of the ice. River ice is generally weaker than lake ice due to the undercutting action of the river’s current, which thins the ice from underneath. Melting ice upstream can also create run-off that weakens the ice on rivers.

Ice is never […]

January 10, 2003|Media release|