February 1, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Brooke Cherfils to the position of Education Director for the BC & Yukon Branch of the Lifesaving Society as of February 1.  Brooke comes from Creston and has been the Aquatic Programmer at the Creston & District Community Complex for the past 8 years with over 20 years of aquatic experience.  She has been a strong supporter of the Society in the Kootenays for many years and has risen to the level of Branch Trainer in addition to being a National Lifeguard Instructor-trainer (IT), Lifesaving IT and Water Safety IT.

Brooke brings strong technical skills and program knowledge to the position along with an understanding of current issues in aquatics.  Her recognition of the importance of regional support will serve the Lifesaving Society well in meeting our objectives.

Due to currently working on completing her Master of Arts degree, Brooke will be working with us for four days each week, Monday to Thursday.  She can be reached at

In addition, we are pleased to welcome Alvin Cheung on board as our part-time First Aid Program Coordinator as of Thursday, February 4.  Alvin will be responsible for overseeing all first aid programs including the AED Quality Assurance Program.  He has been employed in aquatics with the City of Burnaby for the past 11 years and in the role of Aquatic Leader for the past 7 years.  In that time he has become a First Aid Instructor, National Lifeguard Instructor, Lifesaving IT and Water Safety IT.  

Alvin’s education includes a degree in biophysics as well as having earned his Doctor of Medicine from UBC.  He will be working with us two days each week and is looking forward to ensuring high quality programs and seeing more people trained in first aid skills.  Alvin can be reached at

We are very excited to be adding such talent to our staff group and look forward to welcoming Brooke and Alvin to our Branch staff and hope you will soon have a chance to do the same.  

Dale Miller

Executive Director


 Support drowning prevention by using the Lifesaving Society’s exclusive Friends and Family Discount now offered by Team Aquatic Supplies. When you need lifeguard supplies, clothing and bathing suits, use the coupon code Bronze1908 and receive a 20% discount at

 NL Committee – Call for Members

The Branch office is calling for applications for the 2016-2018 National Lifeguard Committee term.  
The purpose of the NL Committee is to support the NL program through resource development and provision of Instructor training opportunities.
The NL Committee will be comprised of 7 Lower Mainland and 6 Regional members to be selected by the NL Committee Chair.  The Committee will meet at least 8 times per year and Regional members will have the option of attending the meetings through Skype or teleconference.
Any NL Instructors who are interested in applying must complete the attached application and forward it to the Branch no later than February 10, 2016.
Click here for the NL Committee Terms of Reference and application. For more information you can contact David at the Branch office at 604-299-5450 or by email at .

Check out the January Lifeliner!


British Columbia Drowning Report - 2015 Edition

After a dramatic dip in drownings in British Columbia in 2011 (59), 2012 saw a 42% increase in the number of water-related fatalities (84) and a return to a more typical death rate of 1.8 per 100,000. Despite this recent increase, looking at the most recent five years (2008-2012) of data as a whole, the average water-related fatality rate decreased by 10% over the previous five year period. The average drowning rate for 2008-2012 was 1.8 per 100,000 population (down from 2.0). The decrease can be attributed partially to the 2011 drowning dip. A total of 398 drownings occurred in British Columbia waters between 2008 and 2012.


 Canadian Drowning Report - 2015 Edition

The significant long-term progress that has been made in reducing death by drowning in Canada is evident in the latest data. The water-related death rate has fallen steadily over the past 20 years, from an average of 2.1 per 100,000 population each year in the mid-1990’s (1993-1997) to a yearly average of 1.4 per 100,000 population in the most recent data (2008-2012).


World Health Organization puts drowning on public health agenda

As Canada’s leader in drowning prevention, the Lifesaving Society Canada draws your attention to the newly released World Health Organization’s Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer. This is the first time the World Health Organization (WHO) has devoted a report exclusively to drowning. Its significance cannot be underestimated.

Globally, an estimated 372,000 people drown worldwide each year, among them more than 63,000 children under the age of 5 years. Drowning is one of the ten leading causes of death for children and young people in every region of the world.

Read the full report here.

World Health Organization News Release

Lifesaving Society News Release




Branch office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30.   We are closed all Statutory holidays and between Christmas and New Years.