2017 Canadian Championships

Registration is now open for the 2017 Canadian Championships including: Canadian Lifeguard Emergency Response Championships (CLERC) and Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships.  For more information, to register as an athlete or to apply as an official please click HERE.

Open Call for Expressions of Interest - Technical Working Groups

The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition's Steering Committee is currently seeking leadership for eight Technical Working Groups.  Technical Working Groups will be formed for each of the eight key focus targets that will be included in the first iteration of the Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan.  The goal of the working groups will be to create actions and recommendations for high impact drowning prevention for each of the eight key focus targets.

The Coalition's Steering Committee identified 13 potential key focus targets for drowning prevention actions.  In November, Coalition participants and members of the Canadian public were asked to vote for up to five key focus targets.  The Steering Committee reviewed the results of the voting activity and suggested that the following eight key focus targets be included in the first iteration of the Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan

  1. Children 1-4 years of age
  2. New Canadians
  3. Unintentional water entry
  4. Young adult males
  5. Water transport related drowning
  6. Indigenous peoples
  7. Northern Canada and rural areas and cold water immersion
  8. Drowning in supervised settings

The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition is tasked with building a dynamic Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan that will be revisited semi-annually to reflect progress.  Another key challenge of the Coalition is to reposition drowning as a public health issue.

For more information and to express interest in leading one of the Technical Working Groups, please contact:

Mandy Fisher - Manager, Development and Operations

Lifesaving Society - Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch

E-mail: mandyf@lifesaving.org

Phone: 780-415-1755

Additional background:The World Conference on Drowning Prevention will be held from October 17-19, 2017 in Vancouver. The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition's Steering Committee, of which the Lifesaving Society is a member, will report on the progress made with regards to the Ten Actions to Prevent Drowning, as outlined in the 2014 World Health Organization's Global Report on Drowning.

RLSS Diploma - Call for Submissions

The Royal Life Saving Society has a call for submissions for the RLSS Diploma.  Individuals or teams are encouraged to apply if they have contributed to the understanding of lifesaving and drowning prevention. The diploma is one of the Society's oldest and most prestigious international awards and recognizes contributions to our Life saving knowledge. Applications are reviewed by the RLSS Commonwealth Diploma Selection Committee each quarter: submission deadlines are: March 31; June 30; September 30 and December 31. 

If you have any questions or require support please contact the Branch office at experts@lifesaving.org or the RLSS Headquarters at commonwealth@rlss.org.uk

For more detailed information and how to apply please click HERE

DB Perks Scholarship

Through generous support from DB Perks & Associates Ltd, the Society is able to offer the annual DB Perks Leadership Scholarship Program.

The Lifesaving Society awards up to four (4) leadership scholarships each year. These scholarships (valued at $250 each) are to be used by recipients to advance their leadership capacity in delivering Lifesaving Society education and training programs in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Application deadline: March 31, 2017

To access the application form click: HERE

 Lifejackets are Available to Order

The Lifesaving Society has partnered with Cross Country Parts Distributors in Calgary who provide lifejackets. Their supplier is STEARNS® who manufacture Antimicrobial Classic Nylon Vests that are Transport Canada Approved.  Please note that the supplier requires 3 weeks to ship the lifejackets.

The lifejackets are available in Red or Blue and are available in infant, child, youth, adult (universal) and oversize.

Lifejackets can be ordered through the SHOP.


Register to Attend the World Drowning Prevention Conference

Come together in Vancouver, Canada with the world's drowning experts in research, education and action to find the best approaches, techniques and quality technologies to reduce the global drowning burden. Register now for early bird pricing!  WCDP 2017 provides an opportunity to report on progress in answering to the ten actions to prevent drowning as outlined in the 2014 World Health Organization's Global Report on Drowning.

To register please visit wcdp2017.org.


Ripples - February 15, 2017

The Lifesaving Society's bi-monthly e-newsletter, Ripples, is available. Inside you will find the latest news on programs, public education, lifesaving sport, members services, safety management, and new products in the SHOP.

To view the most current Ripples click HERE.



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