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Splash April 2023

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New Brunswick Report

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2021 Maritimes Drowning Report

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Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan

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Water Smart Tips for Parents

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Sarah Hebb appointed CEO

SarahCEOThe Lifesaving Society New Brunswick Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Hebb as CEO. Sarah succeeds Ryan Ferguson who begins a new role based in Ontario managing the Lifesaving Society's national publications.


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.


Swim Transition

The official Swim Transition Instructor Clinic approved by the Lifesaving Society Canada and endorsed by the Canadian Red Cross is online now at

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


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.

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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 authorities.

Stay up to date by visiting the COVID-19 page on our website



Policy Changes

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 now!