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National Drowning Prevention Week 2015

NDPW 2015


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2015 Ontario Drowning Report

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Get inolved this summer! The Lifesaving Society's Water Smart Contest and Lifesaving Shorts Video Contest are two ways you can make a difference. You may also qualify for the Society's Water Smart Award. Learn more.


The Lifesaving Society's online store is open for business. Enjoy the convenience of 24/7 shopping. It's all here - from first aid and pool supplies to everything required for lifesaving courses and training. Visit now!


2016 AGM Ottawa

2016 AGM Ottawa


National Drowning Prevention Week: July 18-26

The Society's focus during NDPW is social media and online engagement. We will be active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, focusing on different drowning prevention topics each day. We encourage Society members to use the hashtags #NDPW and #drowningprevention to share our messages through their own social media networks.

This year NDPW coincides with the release of the 2015 Canadian Drowning Report available in English and French. In addition, the Society has a new Within Arms' Reach poster developed in conjunction with the City of Ottawa as well as Parent Safety Tips in 11 languages.


Drowning: a top cause of death

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) says drowning is among the top causes of death for children worldwide, and programs like the Society's Swim to Survive could have immunization-like benefits. Read the media release and get the facts.


World Health Organization identifies drowning as leading global killer

The Lifesaving Society is assisting the World Health Organization (WHO) to spread awareness in Canada of the first ever Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer. The report identifies drowning as a major public health issue and calls on the world's nations to ramp up drowning prevention efforts. Read the WHO media release and read or download the Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer.


Who's On Guard?

On Guard Card 175The Lifesaving Society's new On Guard Card reminds parents that someone must be watching children near water with focused attention at all times. The On Guard Card designates the pool safety supervisor - if you wear the card you're on guard. Individual cards for $7.60 or 25 for $126.88. Watch the video.

Swim for Life video available

The Swim for Life Strokes & Skills Video brings the Swim for Life Award Guide to life. Real kids demonstrate stroke and skill mechanics that meet the Must Sees across different levels. Underwater views, slow motion, freeze frame, colourful animation and instant replay allow you to visualize Must Sees like never before. Get yours at

Watch the trailer for the Lifesaving Society's Strokes & Skills Instructional video.


Introducing Safeguard

The Lifesaving Society's new Safeguard certification provides safety supervision training for guardians like day camp counsellors, counsellors-in-training and others who accompany groups of young people to pools or waterfronts. The course stresses the responsibility undertaken by these group leaders for safeguarding the young people in their care even when under lifeguard supervision. Visit Safeguard for more information. Visit to purchase the Safeguard Program CD. View the Safeguard Handout.


Bronze Medallion Workbook now available

TheBronze Medallion Workbook Bronze Medallion Workbook is filled with structured activities that help students to master Bronze Medallion content by directing them into the Canadian Lifesaving Manual for answers. Exercises build and reinforce knowledge progressively, with tips to help recall Bronze Medallion content. Buy it now.


Swim to Survive +

Swim to Survive + LogoA growing body of research explains why teens may be at increased risk of drowning - based on new poll findings, Lifesaving Society cautions parents and offers training with Swim to Survive Plus™ Get all the info.

Thanks to our sponsors: The Stephanie Gaetz Keepsafe Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation and PPL Aquatic, Fitness & Spa Group Inc. and the Papke Family.


Please welcome Canada’s Swim Team into your pool

Canada's Swim Team logoJoin Canada's Swim Team is a recognition and incentive initiative that all swimming lesson providers are invited to use at no cost and with no staff training required. Learn more here or visit

Fill out the Order Form for Canada's Swim Team Member Cards. Watch the video.