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Compete in Lifesaving Sport

The Lifesaving Society of B.C. & Yukon Branch presents lifeguards and lifesavers with opportunities to test their lifeguarding and lifesaving skills in fair and challenging environments. Not all Lifesaving Sport participants compete, but for those who do, the Society offers annual provincial and national championships. In addition, many sanctioned local and regional competitions are organized in communities every year. Participants in these competitions can learn new techniques, share ideas, and learn more about lifeguarding and lifesaving.

Junior Lifeguard TeleGames

TeleGames are inter-club level Lifesaving competitions held at aquatic facilities throughout the year. TeleGames promote athletic development and provide competitors an opportunity to experience lifesaving sport events in a fun and supportive environment.

Lifesaving Affiliates are encouraged to form a club and promote awareness of Lifesaving Sport. Throughout the development of Lifesaving Sport programs and clubs, youth have the opportunity to become active, increase their fitness, and learn about competing fairly and setting personal goals.

To register for a Junior Lifeguard TeleGames competition, fill out and submit the 2019 TeleGames Entry Form.

Take the Course View TeleGames Handbook

TeleGames Results Submission Dates

Fall 2020 (Dec. 29),

Spring 2021 (June 30)

Summer 2021 (Sept. 1)


  • Affiliates/Clubs May Run One or All Individual Events
  • Affiliates may host other clubs participating in the TeleGames at their site.
  • Each competition site sends the results of each timed event to the scoring centre via mail or email.
  • Each competitor can participate ONCE per TeleGames.
  • Competitors can enter each event only once.
  • Event results from all sites are compiled and ranked in order, by time.
  • Individual results are based on time.
  • Results and awards will be forwarded to each Affiliate/club.

Junior Lifeguard TeleGames

Competitors in the Junior Lifeguard Games must be less than 16 years of age and be able to swim 50 m freestyle and tread water for 1 minute.

Competitors must be members of a Junior Lifeguard or Lifesaving Club, or hold a current Lifesaving Society award, or be currently enrolled in a Lifesaving Society program.

Competitors compete in Male and Female age group categories:

  • Under 8 yr
  • 8 & 9 yr
  • 10 & 11 yr
  • 12 & 13 yr
  • 14 & 15 yr

Sport Competition Eligibility Requirements and Registration

Any athletes enrolled in an affiliate club running Lifesaving Society Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC) programming are welcome to participate in sanctioned competition. Athletes need not compete in a sanctioned competition and may remain at the program level.

Athletes wanting to compete must be registered with an Affiliate club and cannot register as an unattached competitor.

All competitors must become a registered athlete in Canada, to be eligible to compete in provincial or national competitions.

To be eligible to compete in a sanctioned competition, a competitor must be:

  • An individual member in good standing with the Lifesaving Society;
  • A BC & Yukon Branch Registered Athlete

To register, complete the Canadian Athlete Registration Form and submit additional required documentation detailed in the registration forms. After registration has been confirmed, competitors receive a registered athlete card with a registration number for provincial and national competitions. Please note that there is a one-time fee to become a Registered Athlete in British Columbia

Host Junior Lifeguard Regional Competition

The Lifesaving Society’s Junior Lifeguard TeleGames are inter-club level competitions held at aquatic facilities throughout the year. Participating affiliates may run one or all of the TeleGames’ events at their own facilities. Results of events are forwarded to the scoring centre, where results from all participating affiliates are compiled.

The following information and procedure will assist you in running a competition


Sanctioning is a free service provided by the Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon Branch to help maintain consistency within competitions. Please ensure that you have read and fully understand the requirements in sanctioning your competition.

Please complete and submit the Sanctioning Application Form at least one month prior to your competition.

If you would like your competition to be considered as a Regional Competition please apply for sanctioning no later then June 1, for Summer competitions, September 30 for Fall/ Winter and Jan 30th for Spring competitions.

If there is more than one competition in your region requesting endorsement as the regional event, the Branch, in consultation with the Competition Committee, will determine which competition will be designated as the regional competition.

For more information on Sanctioning, please read our Sanctioning Information document

Lifeguard Competitions

Regional Lifeguard Competitions

Each year lifeguards in various regions in the Province come together to compete in the Regional Lifeguard and Lifesaving Sport Competitions. New and experienced competitors share their passion for lifeguarding and Lifesaving Sport in events that mirror the Provincial Branch Championships and locally developed events that can add new and different challenges to participants.

Branch Lifeguard Championship (Barnsley)

The Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon’s Branch Championships Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) tests the initiative, judgment, knowledge, and abilities of up to four (4) lifesavers who, acting as a team, apply lifesaving skills in a simulated emergency situation unknown to them prior to the start.

This competition is judged within a time limit. All teams respond to the identical situation and are evaluated by the same judges. Teams may consist of any combination of males and females. The winning team will be the team that accumulates the most amount of points.

Eligibility to Compete

The Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon’s Branch Championship (Barnsley) is a simulated emergency response competition (SERC). In order to compete, all athletes including junior divisions (14-15 years) must be Registered Athletes.

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