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July 17-23, 2022

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2021 Ontario Report

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Open the 2021 Ontario Report (PDF)


2020 National Drowning Report

2020 National Drowning Report Cover


2020 Ontario Drowning Report

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Watch Me Not Your Phone Poster

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Water Smart Tip Cards

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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


Multi-language, online boating safety program

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Canada Day Weekend Hours

The Lifesaving Society office will close on Thursday, June 30 at 12:00 pm (noon) for the Canada Day weekend and remain closed on July 1. We will reopen on July 4 at 9:00 am. Happy Canada Day to all!


Swim Transition

The official Swim Transition Instructor Clinic approved by the Lifesaving Society Canada and endorsed by the Canadian Red Cross is online now at

The Canadian Red Cross is winding down its swim and lifeguard programming to direct more attention to surging humanitarian demands in other areas – such as disaster and pandemic response, opioid harm reduction and caregiving for seniors. Red Cross is encouraging its water safety training partners to transition to the swim and lifeguarding programs of the Lifesaving Society Canada. Learn more.


Water Smart Award

Need ideas for your 2022 Water Smart Award submission? This PDF outlines the Top 10 activities from last year. What is the Water Smart Award? Read all about it here.


Ontario Roadmap to Reopen

Updated June 11, 2022 - Living with and managing Covid-19 in Ontario. Read the Society's Guidance for Aquatic Facilities.


2020-21 National Preliminary Drowning Report

National drowning data is summarized in the 2020-21 National Preliminary Drowning Report, a bird’s-eye view based on interim data derived from internet and media sources.


The office is open to visitors

In accordance with public health measures, the Society’s office is open to visitors.

Curbside pickup / drop-off remain available 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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.


Online and blended learning

Read the Lifesaving Society’s guide for affiliates and leadership personnel regarding the delivery of Society courses in online or blended learning formats - updated December 2021.


Ontario Non-Fatal Drowning Report

Did you know that every year in Ontario over 500 people visit an emergency department for non-fatal drowning and nearly 100 people are hospitalized? Read the Lifesaving Society's first ever Ontario Non-Fatal Drowning Report, 2021. View the presentation slideshow. View the recording.


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.