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July 21-27, 2024

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2024 National Drowning Report


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National Drowning Prevention Week 2024

The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July (July 21-27) as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention.

Read the media release and learn more about how you can participate here.


Leadership Recertification Points System

The Lifesaving Society has updated the instructor, coach, examiner and trainer leadership recertification process. The new Leadership Recertification Points System offers a wider variety of options to earn points and recertify with ease! Read more.


2023 Ontario Non-Fatal Drowning Report

For every fatal drowning in Ontario, there are nearly four non-fatal drownings that are serious enough to require an emergency department visit every year. Learn more in the 2023 edition of the Ontario Non-Fatal Drowning Report.



In 96% of drowning deaths in children under five, supervision was absent or distracted. Now, more than ever, parents need to be Water Smart®. The Society's new Water Smart Parents campaign aims to empower parents and others responsible for children to have fun and make memories while being safe around water. Read the release and visit the newly launched website to test your water smarts!


National Lifeguard Award Guide Updates May 2023

Important changes affecting Must Sees were made recently to the National Lifeguard Award Guide (3rd Edition, 3rd Printing, May 2023). Buying the new edition is not necessary; if you have the 1st or 2nd printing we suggest making these minor edits to your existing award guide.



On June 2, 2023 the Government of Ontario announced that it was lowering the minimum age requirement to work as a lifeguard, assistant lifeguard and aquatic instructor from 16 to 15 years of age. The Lifesaving Society Ontario supports this change. Read the release.


Ontario transition to the updated National Lifeguard program

The Lifesaving Society has updated the National Lifeguard program to ensure its curriculum and performance standards remain current, relevant and grounded in the competencies required by lifeguards. Get the 2023 Update Info or download a PDF version of the National Lifeguard Update.


Online and blended learning

Updated Dec. 2022 - Read the Lifesaving Society’s guide for affiliates and leadership personnel regarding the delivery of Society courses in online or blended learning formats.


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.


Explore Bronze

The Lifesaving Society has officially released the revised Bronze medal awards! Discover What’s new for Affiliates / What’s new for Instructors / What’s new for Recertifying Bronze Cross. Our Teaching/Resources page has more information about the newest support materials. Get started by taking the Explore Bronze online tutorial.


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.