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Welcome to the Lifesaving Society:
Water Safety Training & Education in BC & Yukon

The BC & Yukon Branch of the Lifesaving Society (aka Royal Life Saving Society Canada) is a non-for-profit organization committed to the prevention of drowning and aquatic-related injury through water safety education.

In addition to providing lifesaving, lifeguarding courses and first aid/CPR training throughout BC and Yukon, the Society is a leader in offering expertise and guidance to ensure safe operation of any water-related setting through safety management services.

Lifesaving Sport is another aspect of the Society that is the only sport developed from an origin of humanitarian purposes. Jr. Lifeguard Clubs are a fun and easy start for youth that can lead to the ultimate pursuit of international competition; fitness, sport and saving lives combined.

Be Watersmart

The Lifesaving Society’s WaterSmart public education campaign includes year-round information on safe activity in and around water as well as seasonal outreach such as the WaterWise Team, National Drowning Prevention Week in July, AdventureSmart Teams and Swim to Survive training; all part of ensuring everyone can safely enjoy our beautiful waterways without incident.

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Water Safety

Water Safety

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Ice Safety

Ice Safety

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Cottage Safety

Camp Safety

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Backyard Pool Safety

Backyard Pool Safety

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Boating & Fishing Safety

Boating & Fishing Safety

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Coastal Safety

Coastal Safety

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Drowning Report and Statistics

As part of our drowning prevention mission, the Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon researches and reports on water-related deaths to update the public on recent drownings and provide water-safety education with preventative methods. Check out our interactive Drowning Map to learn more.

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BC & YUKON HAVE BEEN DROWNING FREE FOR

14 DAYS
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Number of
Drownings This Year

9

Drowning Statistics

These statistics summarize the most recent data on water-related fatalities available from the Office of the Chief Coroner for British Columbia. All data refers to the most current five-year period, 2011-2015.

— Who is drowning? —

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78% Male

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22 % Female

28%
[2.2*]

Age 20 - 34

25%
[1.9*]

Age 50 - 64

18%
[1.8*]

Age 65 +

* Death Rate per 100,000 / Year

— Where? —

Lake / Pond
37%

Lake / Pond

River
28%

River

Ocean
16%

Ocean

Other
8%

Other

Bathtub
7%

Bathtub

Pool
4%

Pool

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Drowning in a Lifeguard Supervised Setting

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