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2018 Canadian Drowning Report

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2018 Ontario Drowning Report

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2017 Ontario Report

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Water Smart Tip Cards

Tip Card - SampleOur Water Smart Tip Cards in English, French and 10 other languages, address essential drowning prevention topics with tips to stay safe. Order now in


New Guide to Ontario Public Pools

2018 Pool Regs CoverThe revised Public Pools Regulation 565 includes public spas, wading pools and receiving basins. The Lifesaving Society has revised its Guide to Ontario Public Pools Regulation to help aquatic staff members understand and interpret the updated Regulation. The Guide outlines the “Regs” in simple language using everyday terms understood by aquatic personnel.

The revised Guide is available now for $44.52 tax included and free shipping.


Updated Program Guide

The updated 2018 edition of the Ontario Program Guide makes it easier than ever to quickly find the information required to deliver Lifesaving Society training programs – including the Society’s revised leadership courses. The ever-popular Prerequisites-at-a-glance is still located on the inside back cover. The Guide is an essential component of every aquatic programmer’s reference library.

View it online or purchase hard copies from the Society’s office or at


ILS Updates Competition Rulebook

The Lifesaving Society is pleased to confirm that the ILS Competition Rulebook 2015-2019 Edition (Revised 2017) is now published in preparation for the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide. Download the new edition and turn to pages 2 and 3 to see what's new.


Lifesaving Society launches multi-language, online boating safety program


On July 20 the Lifesaving Society launched its online boating safety program STARTboating, targeted to new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be experiencing recreational boating for the first time. STARTboating is designed to teach basic boating and water safety skills. The program is availalble in multiple languages. Get all the info here.


Uniforms: designed by lifeguards, for lifeguards


Drowning: a top cause of death

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) says drowning is among the top causes of death for children worldwide, and programs like the Society's Swim to Survive could have immunization-like benefits. Read the media release and get the facts. The WHO report identifies drowning as a major public health issue and calls on the world's nations to ramp up drowning prevention efforts. Read the WHO media release and read or download the Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer.


Safeguard Program

The Lifesaving Society's new Safeguard certification provides safety supervision training for guardians like day camp counsellors, counsellors-in-training and others who accompany groups of young people to pools or waterfronts. The course stresses the responsibility undertaken by these group leaders for safeguarding the young people in their care even when under lifeguard supervision. Visit Safeguard for more information. Visit to purchase the Safeguard Program CD. View the Safeguard Handout.


Swim to Survive +

Swim to Survive + LogoA growing body of research explains why teens may be at increased risk of drowning - based on new poll findings, Lifesaving Society cautions parents and offers training with Swim to Survive Plus™ Get all the info.

Thanks to our sponsors: The Stephanie Gaetz Keepsafe Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation and PPL Aquatic, Fitness & Spa Group Inc. and the Papke Family.