2020 National Drowning Report
2020 Ontario Drowning Report
Watch Me Not Your Phone Poster
Order the poster in English or French
Water Smart Tip Cards
Our Water Smart Tip Cards in English, French and 10 other languages, address essential drowning prevention topics with tips to stay safe. Order now in lifeguarddepot.com.
Covid-19 vaccination and testing policy
The Lifesaving Society Ontario has adopted a Covid-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy for its staff, trainers and volunteers, effective September 20, 2021. Read a summary of the policy.
2021 Water Smart Contest
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Water Smart Contest this summer! Don’t forget to email us your winners or send them by regular mail to our office (attention Lori Groves). Deadline is Sep. 24.
Exploring a Hidden Epidemic
Study reveals a steep upward trend for drownings among adults 65+ in Canada. Read the release here.
United Nations Adopts Historic Resolution on Drowning Prevention
The first UN Resolution on Drowning Prevention was approved by the General Assembly on April 28, 2021. Canada was one of 79 Member States that co-sponsored the Resolution. It is a significant milestone: this Resolution will focus attention and action on this highly preventable public health challenge, and increase international awareness and action to reduce drowning. Read the Canadian announcement.
Ontario Inflatable Waterpark Safety Standards
This guide will assist inflatable waterpark owners and operators in providing a safe aquatic environment for their patrons; it explains the Society’s position on inflatable waterpark issues and informs owners and operators about safety expectations as a preventive measure. Add it to your aquatic reference library today.
The 2021 edition of the Society's Program Guide is now available. This edition identifies certifications that can be delivered virtually and includes updated policies and definitions; Bronze medals award descriptions; prerequisites (e.g., 15 years old for National Lifeguard and Lifesaving and Swim instructors) and more. Download it for free (on the right) or buy a hard copy here.
The office is open
In accordance with public health measures, the Society’s office is open. Visitors must complete a Covid-19 screening before entering (pickups and drop-offs excluded) and wear a mask at all times.
Curbside pickup / drop-off remain available 9:30 to 4:30.
We thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented period and ask for your patience as we work through the ‘return-to-new-normal.’ We all have a role to play in supressing the spread of COVID-19. An excellent source of authoritative information is this government of Canada website.
Policy Changes (as of July 1, 2020)
The Lifesaving Society Canada is adopting 15 years as the minimum age prerequisite for certification as a Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor, or National Lifeguard. The Society is also broadening access to its courses by accepting, for prerequisite purposes, EFA and SFA certifications provided by training agencies approved by the Ontario government. See details.
EFA and SFA certifications valid for 3 years
Lifesaving Society Emergency and Standard First Aid certifications are valid for three years (36 months) from the date of certification. In the interests of reducing confusion among employers and harmonizing the Society's currency period with Ontario government regulations, CSA recommendations and the general practice among other workplace first aid providers, the Lifesaving Society Ontario has adopted a three-year period for the validity of its workplace EFA and SFA certifications only. Read the announcement.
Multi-language, online boating safety program