Lifesaving Society Canada


Business Number: 119129088RR0001

Our Mission

The Lifesaving Society is a national, independent, charitable organization that works to prevent drowning and water-related injury through its training programs, Water Smart® public education, aquatic safety management services, drowning research and lifesaving sport.

About the Lifesaving Society

Annually, over 1,200,000 Canadians participate in our swimming, lifesaving, lifeguard and leadership training programs. As Canada’s lifeguarding expert, the Lifesaving Society sets the standard for aquatic safety and certifies Canada’s National Lifeguards.

The Society represents Canada internationally in the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society and we are Canada’s Full Member in the International Life Saving Federation. We are the governing body for lifesaving sport – a sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

The Lifesaving Society conducts drowning research to support its work in the prevention of water-related injuries and fatalities. The collection and analysis of data provides an information base for the development of programs, safety promotion strategies and drowning prevention strategies.  Basic swimming ability is a fundamental requirement in any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada.  Swim to Survive teaches just the essentials needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water - an important first step to being safe around water.

The Society defines the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. These are expressed in a skill sequence in the Canadian Swim to Survive Standard:

  • ROLL into deep water
  • TREAD water for one minute
  • SWIM 50 metres

Swim to Survive is aimed primarily at children, but people of all ages should be able to perform the Society's Swim to Survive Standard.  The Lifesaving Society strongly encourages parents to enroll their children in swimming lessons.

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