The Lifesaving Society is a full service provider of programs, products, and services designed to prevent drowning. The Society saves lives and prevents water-related injuries through its training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. The Society is a national volunteer organization and registered charity composed of ten provincial/territorial branches, tens of thousands of individual members, and over 4,000 affiliated swimming pools, waterfronts, schools, and clubs.
The Society has been teaching swimming, water safety and water rescue in Canada since 1896. Established in England (1891) as the Swimmers’ Lifesaving Society, it became The Royal Lifesaving Society in 1904. Today, it is known simply as the Lifesaving Society. The Lifesaving Society is a leader and partner in the delivery of water safety education throughout Canada and around the world.
Teaching Canadians to save themselves and rescue others
Annually 1,200,000 Canadians participate in the Lifesaving Society’s swimming, lifesaving, lifeguard, first aid, and leadership programs. Each year, the Society certifies thousands of instructors who provide the leadership for its training programs. Over 30,000 Canadians earn the Society’s Bronze Medallion each year. As Canada’s lifeguarding experts, the Lifesaving Society sets the standard for lifeguard training and certifies Canada’s National Lifeguards.
Making Canadians Water
The Lifesaving Society focuses Water Smart drowning prevention efforts on people most at risk – like men fishing in small boats – or on those who can make a significant difference, such as parents of young children. The Society delivers Water Smart messages through its swim program, through the media and community action. The Society’s Swim to Survive® Program provides the essential minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.
The Lifesaving Society conducts research into fatal and non-fatal drowning, aquatic injury and rescue interventions. Ongoing research and analysis supports the Society’s evidence-based water rescue training and Water Smart drowning prevention education.
Setting the Standard
The Lifesaving Society establishes aquatic safety standards and consults on aquatic safety issues for the aquatic industry, governments and the judiciary. The Society offers a suite of services to help aquatic facility operators maintain and improve safe pool and waterfront operations. The Society performs aquatic safety audits and serves as experts in legal cases involving aquatic safety.Waterman5 is a proud delivery partner of the Lifesaving Society and it various aquatic programs.