The Manitoba Branch at a Glance:

Serving You in Your Community

About the Manitoba Branch

Location and Contact Information
100-383 Provencher Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R2H 0G9
Tel: 204-956-2124

President of the Branch
Elizabeth Proskurnik

Branch Representative on the National Board of Directors
Jon Sorokowski

Chief Executive Officer
Carl Shier


What the Manitoba Branch Offers

For detailed information on the programs, services, products and activities listed below, go to the Manitoba Branch website.

Training Programs

  • Swimming, lifesaving and lifeguarding
  • First aid, including CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • Instructor, instructor trainer and examiner
  • Boating safety

National Lifeguard

  • National standards for pool, waterpark, waterfront and surf
  • Provincial database of certified lifeguards
  • Provides access to the National Lifeguard insurance plan; voluntary enrollment and purchase

Water Safety Education

  • Water Smart® campaigns, including National Drowning Prevention Week
  • Northern Water Smart & Winter Smart Programs
  • Presentations to new Canadians, School Program, and Within Arms’ Reach for parents and childcare providers
  • Provincial PFD Loaner Program
  • Awards and recognition

Aquatic Safety Management, Legal and Insurance Support

  • National standards and interpretation of provincial regulations
  • Consulting, safety audits and information sessions
  • Expert witnesses and legal precedents


  • Drowning Prevention Research Centre Canada
  • Report on drowning in Canada
  • National database of drownings

Lifesaving Sport

  • Information about, and training for competitions
  • Provincial competitions (a Manitoba provincial competition is hosted annually in March; site locations vary)
  • Canadian competitions
  • International competitions
  • Lifesaving/Sauvetage Canada

Aquatic Activity and Safety Products

  • Links to other Lifesaving Branches, which have web pages offering products, promotional materials and clothing, books and DVDs

Volunteer Experience

  • On the board of directors and committees
  • As instructors, trainers and examiners

Affiliated Lifesaving Organizations, Member Services and Partners

  • International lifesaving organizations (International Life Saving Federation and Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth)
  • Member services and Find-a-Member
  • Partners, sponsors and Affiliates, including job postings
  • Sport governing organizations
  • The Manitoba Branch acts as Secretariat and manages the delivery of services for the Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters

Publications, Media Releases and Position Statements

  • Manitoba Annual Report
  • News information posted on Facebook, Twitter and the Branch website
  • Canadian Drowning Report
  • Manitoba Drowning Report
  • Training program manuals and test materials
  • Lifesaving sport competition manuals
  • Media releases
  • Position statements


Some Manitoba Branch Numbers

Participants in the lifesaving, lifeguarding, first aid and leadership training programs: 8,442

Estimated number of drownings in Manitoba in 2015: 9 (a 50% reduction from a decade ago)