The Quebec Branch at a Glance:

Serving You in Your Community

About the Quebec Branch

Location and Contact Information
4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue
Montréal, Quebec  H1V 0B2
Tel: 514-252-3100 or 1-800-265-3093

President of the Branch
Martin Forcier

Branch Representative on the National Board of Directors
Vincent Riopel

Executive Director
Raynald Hawkins


What the Quebec Branch Offers

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

Training Programs

  • Junior Lifeguard Club, lifesaving and lifeguarding
  • Emergency care, including CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • Instructor, instructor trainer and examiner
  • Boating program, including boat rescue for first responders and swift water rescue
  • Ice rescue
  • Safety management, pool operator, auditor, safety inspector and aquatic WHMIS
  • Workshops on safe management of groups of children in an aquatic environment
  • Pleasure Craft Boating School


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
  • Splash Patrol: teams visiting aquatic facilities to meet the lifeguards, facility managers and swimmers
  • Perfect Swim Tour: team of advisors for residential pool safety checks
  • Awards and recognition

Aquatic Safety Management, Legal and Insurance Support

  • National standards and interpretation of provincial regulations
  • Safety audits and Safety Management Certification for aquatic facilities
  • Lectures and workshops on major incident management
  • Support to Affiliate members in case of major incidents or drowning in supervised environment
  • Consultant experts for aquatic facilities design and operation
  • 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


  • Simon-Pierre Fund to help victims of water-related incidents
  • Kelly-Anne Drummond Fund to support lifesaving sport athletes participating in national and international competitions
  • Simon-Arago-Rosa Fund to raise awareness of the different intervenors for activities in aquatic environments with groups of children


Aquatic Activity and Safety Products

  • Web pages on products, promotional materials and clothing, books and DVDs

Volunteer Experience

  • On the Branch board of directors and committees
  • As instructors, instructor trainers, examiners, technical advisors, lifesaving sport coaches and officials, or different roles during special events and championships

Affiliated Lifesaving Organizations, Member Services and Partners

  • International lifesaving organizations (International Life Saving Federation and Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth)
  • Member services
  • Annual Forum in September
  • Three newsletters (for Affiliate members, instructors and lifeguards)
  • Partners, sponsors and Affiliates, including job postings
  • Sport governing organizations

Publications, Media Releases and Position Statements

  • Quebec Annual Report
  • Magazine Alerte plus
  • Canadian Drowning Report
  • Quebec Drowning Report
  • Training program manuals and test materials
  • Lifesaving sport competition manuals
  • Media releases
  • Position statements


Some Quebec Branch Numbers

Participants in the training programs in 2012: over 26,800

Athletes participating in the international lifesaving championships (Rescue 2012, Commonwealth 2013, Sanyo Surf Rescue Challenge 2013): 3

Lifesaving sport championships hosted: 1 national in June 2013 and 1 provincial in April 2013

Estimated number of drownings in Quebec in 2015: 63