About Us

The Lifesaving Society (also known as the Royal Life Saving Society) is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to reduce water-related death and injury. The Society has been educating the public and training lifesavers and lifeguards in B.C. since 1911. 

The Branch is governed by a volunteer board of directors who provide direction-setting and policy guidance.  Hundreds of other volunteers also provide valuable time and expertise to help accomplish the Society's mission.

Each March, the Honour & Rescue awards ceremony recognizes the role of those Society volunteers in reaching Society objectives as well honouring members of the public who have saved a life from drowning through heroic actions.  Commonwealth medals and certificates are presented to those individuals.  The ceremony is the largest event of its kind in Canada and provides a fitting tribute to the work of volunteers, professionals and members of the public.

National Drowning Prevention Week in July is an opportunity to promote the Society's public education messaging. Another important part of the public education campaign is the WaterWise Safety Team, a 2 member team that, since 2000, has been active from May to August providing water safety information through school presentations, community events and the media.

Promoting lifesaving and lifeguarding programs, and improving aquatic safety through youth education are just two ways the Lifesaving Society is able to serve the public. The Junior Lifeguard Club creates a focus for children aged seven years and up, preparing swimmers with valuable lifesaving skills. The Canadian Swim Patrol and Bronze Star are programs specifically designed for young swimmers.

The aforementioned areas of youth safety are considered a key foundation for training and educating members of the public. Youth training can also lead to work as a qualified lifeguard in addition to providing both valuable life skills and a sense of responsibility.

The BC & Yukon Branch of the Lifesaving Society receives no federal or provincial government funding for its operation, relying on course revenues, donations and media awareness to continue this invaluable work.

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