Nominate a Rescuer

If you know of a rescue, send us the information. We'll need as much of the following information as you can provide:

The nominator's name, address, phone number and e-mail address

The rescuer's name, address, phone number and e-mail address

The date of the rescue.

Details of the rescue: Tell us the story and outline the facts - when, where and under what circumstances did the the rescue occur? What did the rescuer (and others) do? The more details you can provide, the better.

All nominations are reviewed by the Lifesaving Society's Rescue Commendation Chair and evaluated based on these criteria:

  • ability to recognize the emergency
  • willingness to intervene
  • evidence of good judgment

Neither the outcome (successful or not) nor the degree of risk involved are criteria in the decision. Timeliness is an issue. Normally, recognition is only given within 24 months of the rescue.

The Rescue Award of Merit may be awarded to Lifesaving Society award holders for aquatic or non-aquatic rescues. Non-award holders may be eligible, but only for water-related rescues. Lifeguards and instructors who perform rescues in the course of their employment are not normally eligible.