Volunteer Code of Conduct


The Lifesaving Society's reputation in aquatic safety and its status as a charitable organization imposes high expectations of professional and ethical behaviour.

The Society's reputation depends on the integrity of its volunteers and staff. Volunteers carry a high burden of trust. The way in which that trust is discharged to a great extent determines the Society's success and the place of pride that it enjoys in the aquatic community and in society at large.

Guidelines for Ethical Standards of Conduct

  • Volunteers will act in a way that promotes the welfare, image and reputation of the Society.
  • Volunteers will treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Volunteers will avoid perceived and actual conflicts of interest.
  • Volunteers who find themselves in a conflict of interest will self-declare.
  • Volunteers who receive confidential Society information will keep that information confidential.
  • The Society's intellectual property remains the property of the Society and will not be used for the personal benefit of a volunteer.
  • A volunteer should avoid involvement in any form of self-employment or private business which competes with programs or services delivered directly by the Society which could be considered a conflict of interest.
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  • Volunteers will not use their volunteer position to influence other volunteers, staff or organizations having dealings with the Society in order to gain personally or to advance others through the results of that influence.
  • Volunteers may accept gifts, favours or hospitality on behalf of the Society.  Volunteers will not accept personal gifts, favours or hospitality except as in the ordinary course of business where gifts of nominal value for purposes of promotion or courtesy may be offered. Receipt of such gifts is acceptable.
  • Volunteers will be aware of, and follow other Codes and Policies of the Society.