Safety Management


“If it is foreseeable it is preventable”

As Canada’s lifeguarding expert, the Lifesaving Society establishes aquatic safety standards and consults on aquatic safety issues for the aquatic industry, governments, and the judiciary.

  • The Society serves as an expert witness in legal cases involving aquatic safety.

  • The Lifesaving Society is the principal organization in Canada involved in research and development of aquatic lifesaving, lifeguard training, and public education programs.

  • The Lifesaving Society delivers a training progression of awards encompassing water rescue, resuscitation and emergency care.

  • The Lifesaving Society establishes the standards for the National Lifeguard program: the only nationally recognized lifeguard-training program in Canada.

  • The Lifesaving Society consults government regarding the standards of operation for aquatic facilities and waterfronts.

  • The Lifesaving Society is recognized as the lifeguard experts by the YMCA, Canadian Red Cross Society, municipalities and government.


The objective of the Aquatic Safety Audit Program is to maximize the safety of aquatic facilities thereby reducing the likelihood of aquatic-related injury and drowning.

Owner/operators are encouraged to have an aquatic safety audit once every three (3) to five (5) years.  The request for an audit must be initiated by the facility with agreement and cooperation from both staff and management.

Audit fees are based on the extent of the audit and the complexity of the facility. This can only be determined upon review of the application.

The Lifesaving Society Aquatic Safety Audit Program is endorsed by CURIE (Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange).

Our services include:

To request an Aquatic Safety Audit please submit an Aquatic_Safety_Services_Request_Form_2019.pdf

Aquatic Safety Management Experts

The Lifesaving Society is recognized as a leader in developing standards for activities in, on and around water. Through its Safety Standards Commission, the Society sets national aquatic environment standards and clarifies existing provincial/territorial regulations.

Lifesaving Society Canada’s National Safety Standards are developed using Coroners’ recommendations, the latest evidence-based research, and reflect the aquatic industry’s best practices at the time the publication was approved or revised.  The purpose of these standards is to encourage swimming pool, waterpark and waterfront owners, managers, operators and regulators to adopt these standards in order to prevent drownings in aquatic environments.

Lifesaving Society Canada’s National Safety Standards do not replace or supersede local, provincial/territorial or federal legislation or regulations, but they are considered the standard to which aquatic facility operators should work towards in order to enhance safety within their operations and to prevent drowning and aquatic-related injury.

Branches help aquatic facility operators maintain and improve safe pool and waterfront operations. In response to requests, Branch representatives perform safety audits and provide expert testimony in legal cases involving aquatic safety. Some Branches host aquatic safety symposiums for facility operators.

Please click here to review current standards published by Lifesaving Society Canada.