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2015 Ontario Report

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New Scholarship

Announcing the Olympian School of Swimming Lifesaving Scholarship in support of Ontario lifeguards and swim instructors. Learn more.


Lifeliner Winter 2016

Lifeliner Winter 2016

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2015 Ontario Drowning Report

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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!


2015 Affiliate Recognition Awards


Update to CPR and First Aid Guidelines

Changes in first aid and CPR protocols are made every five years based on a review of the latest scientific research. The most recent recommendations were released on October 15, 2015 by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) in collaboration with the American Heart Association. Read more.


Healthy Pools Symposium - May 4, 2016

Experts present up-to-date information on the design and operation of healthy, safe swimming pools. Read the info sheet. Register today - only 50 spaces available!


2016 CDN Pool Lifesaving Championships Registration

Registration for the 2016 CPLC is now open. Open this PDF to access links to the event package and volunteer application. Informations en français ici.


National Drowning Report

The Society released its 2015 Canadian Drowning Report available in English and French in July together with a new Within Arms' Reach poster developed in conjunction with the City of Ottawa.


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.


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 $7.75 or 25 for $129.40. 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.


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.


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.