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2017 Ontario Drowning Report

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2017 Canadian Drowning Report

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2016 Ontario Report

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New Leadership Master Sheet

The new leadership system has a new Leadership Master Sheet. Please use it on all new leadership courses you teach. The new Leadership Master Sheet can also be found in Find a Form along with the “old” Aquatic Master Sheet, which will be retired on December 31, 2018.


ILS Updates Competition Rulebook

The Lifesaving Society is pleased to confirm that the ILS Competition Rulebook 2015-2019 Edition (Revised 2017) is now published in preparation for the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide. Download the new edition and turn to pages 2 and 3 to see what's new.


Exciting changes coming to leadership training

Exciting changes are coming to the Lifesaving Society leadership training system in 2018 as we transition to new leadership courses and retire some existing ones. Learn more in What's New for Affiliates?, What's New for Trainers?, and the Guide to the Revised Leadership Program. Full details will be featured in the 2018 edition of the Society's Program Guide.


Lifesaving Society launches multi-language, online boating safety program


On July 20 the Lifesaving Society launched its online boating safety program STARTboating, targeted to new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be experiencing recreational boating for the first time. STARTboating is designed to teach basic boating and water safety skills. The program is availalble in multiple languages. Get all the info here.


Society releases latest Canadian drowning data

The average age of drowning victims is increasing in line with the aging Canadian population according to the 2017 edition of the Lifesaving Society’s Canadian Drowning Report.


Canadian Lifeguard Challenge Results

Eighteen of Canada's strongest lifesaving athletes faced off in a test of skill and endurance at the Canadian Lifeguard Challenge, which took place on August 6 at Nova Scotia’s Martinique Beach. See the results.


What's New in CPR and First Aid

The Society is updating its literature. Here’s what you need to know (PDF).


Water Smart

Participate in the Society's Water Smart Contest for kids and teens. Affiliates that promote Water Smart activities/messages are eligible to win the Water Smart Award, presented at the Society's annual awards gala. This summer - take action - spread the Society's Water Smart messages and help save lives!


Uniforms: designed by lifeguards, for lifeguards


Bronze Awards Video

Bronze Awards Video CDDesigned specifically for instructors teaching Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. Features real kids in seven important segments: The Rescue Process, Ladder Approach, Rescuer’s Checklist, Submerged Victim Recovery, Defenses and Releases, Spinal Rollovers and Surface Dives. Watch the trailer.


Bronze Cross Workbook

Bronze Cross Workbook CoverThis 48-page workbook is packed with self-evaluation tools, learning activities and tips for success that reinforce key principles and concepts to help guide candidates successfully through Bronze Cross course content. Visit to order.


Study Reveals New Canadian 'Tweens at Higher Risk

Family Swim to Survive Poster 150'Tweens (aged 11-14) who are new to Canada are five times more likely to be unable to swim than their Canadian born classmates, yet 93% of them say they participate in activities in, on or around water. In response, the Lifesaving Society recently introduced Family Swim to Survive. Learn more about the study and Family Swim to Survive.


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. The WHO 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.


Safeguard Program

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.


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.