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Resultats for our Masters at the 2017 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships

Congratulations to all our Masters for an excellent competition! Also, congratulations to Geordie Farrell (Saugeen Shores) for her WORLD RECORD in the 100m Tow with fins in the Women 65-69 years old category. Her time of 1:37.42 beats the previous record by 0.46 seconds!


June 10, 2017|Position statement|

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|

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|

Canadian Swim-to-Survive Standard

High participation in swimming as a recreational activity Among school-aged children between 5 and 12 years of age, swimming is the second most popular recreational activity in Canada (after bicycling). Among those over 18 years of age, swimming is the third most popular activity (after walking and gardening/yard work). This information comes from the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute's 1998 Physical Activity Monitor.

November 7, 2000|Position statement|

Lifeguard Zone and Positioning Requirements

Facility operators have a responsibility to conduct an assessment of their aquatic facility to establish: the lifeguard supervision zones; the positioning of lifeguards for each zone; the procedures for lifeguard rotation through these zones.

May 7, 1997|Position statement|