Water Smart Contest

We need your help with the 2023 Water Smart® Contest. The purpose of the Contest is to spread the Society's Water Smart messages, which in turn will help save lives.

The Water Smart Contest is easy. You can implement it during Drowning Prevention Week, or offer it during a day camp, or have a special Water Smart Contest day. It's flexible and can be implemented in any way - whatever works best for your facility.

It doesn't require a lot of planning. You can give it to your summer staff as a fun summer project!

2023 Registration and Information Package.


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Who can participate?

Children 7 and under are invited to fill in the colouring sheet provided by the Lifesaving Society.

Action Steps For 7 & Under Colouring Contest

8-12-year-olds are invited to draw a Water Smart poster with a "Wear a Lifejacket" theme. Participants must include:

  • The name and age of participant
  • A picture describing the Water Smart message
  • A new slogan, motto or message

Action Steps For 8-12 Poster Contest

How it works

The facility judges entries in each age category.

Winning entries in the 8-12 and Photo Contest categories will be judged and provincial winners will be selected from all of the entries submitted.

The prizes for the 8-12 category are:

  • 1st Place - $100 Lifesaving Society Prize Pack
  • 2nd Place - $35 Lifesaving Society Prize Pack
  • 3rd Place - $35 Lifesaving Society Prize Pack

The winner of the Photo Contest will get their photo published in the Society's Lifeliner newsletter.


Photo contest for all ages: We’re calling on all families to show us how you’re making your summer Water Smart. Show us your water smarts and you could win a $100 prize pack! 

Snap a photo of your family doing something Water Smart and head to Instagram to tag @lifesavingsocietyon and add #WaterSmartContest23 to enter. Here are some ideas to get your started. Get a photo of your family:

  • Wearing lifejackets
  • Swimming with a buddy
  • Learning to swim
  • You and your swim badge or certificate
  • You with your swim instructor
  • Staying within arms’ reach
  • Preparing your boat for a safe trip

Photo contest runs from July 19 to August 9. We can’t wait to see your entries! Winners will be contacted by Instagram, so keep an eye on your DMs.

Contact Water Smart for more information.


Rules and Regulations

By entering the 2022 Water Smart Contest, you are guaranteeing that you have read and agree to the Rules and Regulations of the contest and you grant the Lifesaving Society, Ontario Branch the right to contact you regarding your entry, publicize your entry, promote your entry for any other purpose related to the Contest and/or broadcast your entry.

Affiliates may only submit one entry per age group and must provide the winner's email address, mailing address, phone number, and facility name and contact information. Affiliates may

email winning entries and a copy of the entry

with the subject line "2022 Water Smart Contest" or mail to:

The Lifesaving Society
400 Consumers Road,
Toronto ON, M2J 1P8
Attn: Lori Groves

Deadline for entries is September 06, 2022 and all finalists will be announced by March 31, 2023. Proof of age of entrant(s) and verification of identity may also be required.

One entry per participant is allowed, and each entry must:

  • be the original creation of the entrant(s)
  • not be defamatory, libelous, obscene, lewd, offensive, pornographic, sexually explicit, disparaging or otherwise illegal, objectionable or inappropriate
  • not violate or infringe any copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity right or other proprietary or intellectual property right of any person or entity
  • not contain any copyrighted material not in the public domain or for which you have not obtained the rights to use
  • not contain any artwork for which you have not obtained the rights to use

All entries must be appropriate for all audiences. Entries referencing sex, drugs, or violence will not be accepted. Any entry that includes content that is deemed inappropriate, indecent, obscene, as determined by the Lifesaving Society in its sole discretion, will not be eligible.

By entering the Lifesaving Water Smart Contest, each entrant - with the consent of parent(s) and/or guardian(s) in the case of those under 18 years of age - is representing and warranting that the entry they submit are their own creations and that they have obtained permission, if applicable, to enter this contest, and that the submission of the idea will not violate any enforceable agreements or understandings the submitter has with any third party.

Rights and stuff

By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees and hereby irrevocably and perpetually grants and assigns to the Lifesaving Society, Ontario Branch complete ownership and marketing rights to the content, along with the right to use entrant's name, likeness, image and biographical information in any manner and medium in connection with the Water Smart Contest and without any additional compensation. The Lifesaving Society may: (a) edit and/or format the content, (b) create derivative works from the content or any portion thereof, and (c) reproduce, publish, display and distribute any of the content or derivative works in any medium now or hereafter existing, including without limitation, posting on The Lifesaving Society's website or any other website or platform for purposes of the competition and for any general promotional purpose of The Lifesaving Society.