2021 Maritimes Drowning Report
National Lifeguard update
The Lifesaving Society has updated the National Lifeguard
program following a review to ensure its curriculum and performance
standards remain current, relevant and grounded in the competencies
required by lifeguards. Read about the key changes.
In New Brunswick, National Lifeguard Instructors must attend a
National Lifeguard Update Clinic. The clinic is mandatory and is
worth 3 credits towards your leadership recertification. The first
available clinic is scheduled November 5, 2022 at
the University of Moncton.
Contact the Society to register.
The official Swim Transition Instructor Clinic
approved by the Lifesaving Society Canada and endorsed by the
Canadian Red Cross is online now at e-lifesaving.ca.
Red Cross is encouraging its water safety training partners to
transition to the swim and lifeguarding programs of the Lifesaving
Society Canada. Learn more.
Canadian Red Cross members can now transfer their certification
to the Lifesaving Society electronically via e-lifesaving.ca/transition.
United Nations Adopts Historic Resolution on Drowning Prevention
The first UN Resolution on Drowning Prevention was approved by
the General Assembly on April 28, 2021. Canada was one of 79 Member
States that co-sponsored the Resolution. It is a significant
milestone: this Resolution will focus attention and action on this
highly preventable public health challenge, and increase
international awareness and action to reduce drowning. Read the Canadian announcement.
Updated Bronze medal awards
The Lifesaving Society is excited to announce the official
release of the revised Bronze medal awards! The update improves
skill progressions for a seamless flow into National Lifeguard and
sets candidates up for success as they move through the Society's
lifesaving, assistant lifeguard and lifeguard continuum.
Learn about what's new for you:
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 public health
Stay up to date by visiting the COVID-19 page
on our website
The Lifesaving Society Canada is adopting 15 years as the
minimum age prerequisite for certification as a Swim Instructor,
Lifesaving Instructor, or National Lifeguard. The Society is also
broadening access to its courses by accepting, for prerequisite
purposes, Workplace Standard First Aid certifications provided by
training agencies approved by the Government of New Brunswick. Read the details here.
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
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!