2019 Maritimes Drowning Report
NOTICE BOARD: COVID-19
The well-being of our members and program participants is our
priority in this evolving story. The Lifesaving Society is
operating in accordance with the recommendations of the public
health authorities. We will be providing updates here as
Please be advised that:
- The Society's annual general meeting, scheduled for
April 25 at the Eco Centre in Miramichi, is cancelled. The
Society's AGM has been rescheduled to take place Thursday, May 14
at 6p by video conference.
- The Society's office is closed until further
- The New Brunswick Pool Lifesaving Championships,
scheduled for April 4 in Saint John, are cancelled.
- The Currency of vocational awards will be extended for
a period of 90 days from the date aquatic facilities are permitted
to re-open. Read more here
The Society is guided by the advice of the Public Health Agency
of Canada (PHAC) and information provided by provincial health
agencies and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Everyone has a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19
or any other coronavirus. This starts with understanding how
coronavirus spreads and how to prevent illness. An excellent source of authoritative information
is this government of Canada website.
EFA and SFA Certifications Valid for 3 Years
Lifesaving Society Emergency and Workplace Standard First Aid
certifications are now valid for three years (36 months) from the
date of certification. In the interests of reducing confusion among
employers and harmonizing the Society's currency period with New
Brunswick government regulations, CSA recommendations and the
general practice among other workplace first aid providers, the
Lifesaving Society New Brunswick has adopted a three-year period
for the validity of its workplace EFA and SFA certifications only.
Read the announcement
Ryan Ferguson Becomes CEO
The Lifesaving Society New Brunswick
Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan
Ferguson as CEO effective January 1, 2020. Read the full
announcement in the latest edition of Splash!
2019 Canadian Drowning Report
Seniors age 65 and older have the highest
drowning rate of all age groups according to the Lifesaving
Society's 2019 Canadian Drowning Report. Despite the
long-term downward trend, high numbers of preventable drowning
deaths continue to occur: 2,220 people lost their lives in Canadian
waters between 2012 and 2016, the most recent year for which
complete data is available. Learn
New Brunswick Waterfront Safety Standards
The Lifesaving Society defines the minimum requirements for the
safe operation of public waterfronts in its New Brunswick
Waterfront Safety Standards. Developed in collaboration with
New Brunswick waterfront operators and experienced aquatic
leadership personnel, the Society's bilingual New Brunswick
Waterfront Safety Standards provides authoritative guidance on
best practices for patron safety. All waterfront owners should have
a copy. Order a copy today.
Become an Examiner Mentor
Examiner Mentors are senior Lifesaving Society Examiners
appointed by the Society to mentor examiner candidates through
their apprenticeship phase and approve them for examiner
certification. Examiners who have conducted a minimum of three
exams, and have the desire to support and tutor new Examiner
candidates can now apply for this new designation. Learn more or
fill out the application form.
The Lifesaving Society's online store is open for business. Enjoy
the convenience of 24/7 shopping. It's all here - from first aid
and pool supplies to everything required for lifesaving courses and
training. Visit LifeguardDepot.com now!