The Nova Scotia Branch at a Glance:

Serving You in Your Community

About the Nova Scotia Branch

Location and Contact Information
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3J 1G6
Tel: 902-425-5450

President of the Branch
Robert McNutt

Branch Representative on the National Board of Directors
Robert McNutt

Executive Director
Mike Maguire


What the Nova Scotia Branch Offers

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

Training Programs

  • Swimming, Junior Lifeguard Club, lifesaving* and lifeguarding
  • First aid, including CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • Instructor, instructor trainer and examiner
  • Safety management for aquatic facility administrators
  • Boating safety

*The Branch New Horizons program provides support to those unable to afford lifesaving training. The Branch also provides up to five scholarships annually to Lifesaving Society award holders to assist with post-secondary education.

National Lifeguard

  • National standards for pool, waterpark, waterfront and surf
  • Provincial database of certified lifeguards

Water Safety Education

  • Water Smart® campaigns, including National Drowning Prevention Week
  • Swim to Survive school program for grade 3 students
  • “Fire Alarm” campaign
  • Ice safety tips
  • Awards and recognition

Aquatic Safety Management, Legal and Insurance Support

  • National standards and interpretation of provincial regulations
  • Consulting and safety audits


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

Lifesaving Sport

  • Information about, and training for competitions
  • Provincial and Canadian competitions
  • International competitions
  • Lifesaving/Sauvetage Canada

Aquatic Activity and Safety Products

  • The Lifeguard Store for products, promotional materials and clothing, books and DVDs

Volunteer Experience

  • On the Branch board of directors
  • At public education and lifesaving sport events
  • As instructors, trainers, examiners, and lifesaving sport coaches and officials

Affiliated Lifesaving Organizations, Member Services and Partners

  • International lifesaving organizations (International Life Saving Federation and Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth)
  • Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service
  • Member services and Find-a-Member
  • Partners, sponsors and Affiliates, including Affiliate recognition awards and job postings
  • Sport governing organizations

Publications, Media Releases and Position Statements

  • Nova Scotia Annual Report
  • Aqualines newsletter
  • Canadian Drowning Report
  • Maritimes Drowning Report
  • Training program manuals and test materials
  • Lifesaving sport competition manuals
  • Media releases
  • Position statements


Some Nova Scotia Branch Numbers

Participants in the training programs: over 22,000

Lifesaving Sport Championships hosted: 2016 Maritime Pool Lifesaving Championships, 2016 Nova Scotia Lifesaving Sport Series (pool and open water), host of the 2015 and 2017 Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships

Estimated number of drownings in Nova Scotia in 2015: 19