The Ontario Branch at a Glance:

Serving You in Your Community

About the Ontario Branch

Location and Contact Information
400 Consumers Road
Toronto, Ontario  M2J 1P8
Tel: 416-490-8844

President of the Branch
Brian Connors

Branch Representative on the National Board of Directors
Juanita Bueschleb

Executive Director
Doug Ferguson


What the Ontario Branch Offers

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

Training Programs

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

National Lifeguard

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

Water Safety Education

  • Water Smart® campaigns, including National Drowning Prevention Week
  • “Fire Alarm” campaign
  • Ice safety tips
  • Awards and recognition

Aquatic Safety Management, Legal and Insurance Support

  • National standards and interpretation of provincial/territorial 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 and Canadian competitions
  • International competitions
  • Lifesaving/Sauvetage Canada

Aquatic Activity and Safety Products

  •® for products, promotional materials and clothing, books and DVDs

Volunteer Experience

  • On the Branch board of directors, commissions, councils and committees
  • As instructors, examiners, trainers, 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)
  • 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

  • Ontario Annual Report
  • Lifeliner newsletter for Members
  • Canadian Drowning Report
  • Ontario Drowning Report
  • Northern Canada Drowning Report
  • Training program manuals and test materials
  • Lifesaving sport competition manuals
  • Media releases
  • Position statements


Some Ontario Branch Numbers

Volunteers serving on the board, councils and committees: over 125

Participants in the training programs: over 735,000

Athletes, officials and team support personnel participating in the international lifesaving championships (Rescue 2012): 64

Lifesaving sport championships hosted: 3 provincial in March, June and August 2013; and 1 national in May 2013

Estimated number of drownings in Ontario and Nunavut in 2015: 97