Safety Audits


As risk management is an integral part of operating recreation facilities, the Lifesaving Society B.C. & Yukon Branch has developed the Aquatic Safety Audit Program.  It is designed to assist staff and management responsible for aquatic facility or waterfront operation to better understand the safety requirements of a specific setting.

It is anticipated that requests for audits will be made by new and old facilities with the ideal situation being that the audit team is involved in the design and planning stages of a new facility in order to prevent safety design oversight.  For existing facilities, the audit is seen as part of a complete risk management program.

Audit Benefits 

Is recognized by public Insurers as a method of reducing risk and increasing safety in aquatic settings

Consists of recommendations that go beyond regulations and are based on Lifesaving Society research into drowning and water-related accidents.

  • Is a system supported by the Coroner’s Office as a tool to enhance safety
  • Is an objective third party review of the facility’s operation
  • Illustrates due diligence by the facility owner/operator
  • Identifies compromises in regulations and provincial standards
  • Identifies discrepancies and steps that will standardize operation within the community
  • Is a method to resolve operational issues


To maximize the safety of aquatic facilities thereby reducing the likelihood of aquatic-related injury and drowning.


This service is a full scope evaluation of the facility including; all documentation concerning pool operations and safety supervision, lifeguarding practices review, a comprehensive natatorium inspection, as well as mechanical/chemical operations.

Comprehensive Audits are offered for all swimming pools and water parks.


The Waterfront Comprehensive Audit is a full scope evaluation of all aspects of the operation and facility and is available for all categories of waterfront operations, (supervised and unsupervised) as well as recreational camps. 


  • Architectural & Plan Review includes an evaluation of construction plans for new facilities or renovations to existing facilities. Conducting this review prior to construction helps to identify potential hazards, areas of concern and compliance issues (with legislation, regulations, and standards). This review is available for swimming pools and water parks.

  • Lifeguard Practices Review: a thorough evaluation of existing lifeguard surveillance systems which includes a SEE Audit including a review of all aquatic staff documents. This audit identifies what is working well and areas for improvement in order to provide a system of optimal safety supervision. The review is available for all aquatic facilities, swimming pools, waterfront operations, recreational camps, and water parks.

  • Safety Plan Review: an evaluation of the Pool Safety Plan and related documents resulting in recommendations to ensure that facilities are compliant with relevant Regulations, Guidelines, and best practices in aquatic safety management. The review is available for all aquatic facilities, swimming pools, waterfront operations, recreational camps, and water parks.

  • Post-Incident Review: often requested by government, coroners, and owner/operators to identify and review the series of events that occurred when a major incident takes place. Following the completion of the incident analysis, the client is provided with a confidential report with findings and recommendations to improve safety in the future. The review is available for all aquatic facilities, swimming pools, waterfront operations, recreational camps, and water parks.

  • SEE Audit (Safety Evaluation and Enhancement): a review of the safety supervision of aquatic staff while they are on the job. This program provides a report to be used as a coaching tool to assist in planning in-service training and ensuring staff is providing the best in safety supervision. Available for all aquatic facilities, swimming pools, waterfront operations, recreational camps, and water parks.


  • Specialized Recreation Equipment Review: is an evaluation of new equipment or existing recreational equipment or features with an eye to maintaining the best industry practices in your facility. This audit includes an evaluation of the existing Pool Safety Plan and provides recommendations to ensure that facilities continue to be compliant with the current Regulation and corresponding guidelines and best practices. The review is available for all aquatic facilities, swimming pools, waterfront operations (for supervised and unsupervised settings), recreational camps and water parks.

  • Waterfront Site Review: this service is for organizations considering new waterfront operations or enhancements to existing waterfronts. Conducting this review prior to completion of a project can help to identify potential hazards, areas of concern, and compliance issues with legislation, regulations, and standards.


  1. When an audit request form is received from facility management, the following process will be initiated

  2. Upon Branch office receipt of a request, an audit team is assembled based on their experience and knowledge and the nature of the request. 

  3. The on-site Inspection portion of the Audit is scheduled with the facility.

  4. The Audit is performed, duration based on size and complexity of setting.

  5. Audit team develops a report of findings and recommendation.

  6. The draft report is submitted to facility management to ensure the accuracy of information.

  7. Upon receiving feedback on the draft report, a final report is produced and delivered to facility management.

To request an audit please submit an 


For additional information or questions please use the Contact form found on our home page.


Following a topical or comprehensive Aquatic Safety Audit the Lifesaving Society produces a confidential report which evaluates and reports on the conditions of the facility at the time of the inspection and identifies facility operation concerns. 

The report includes recommendations for the implementation of solutions for the concerns identified in the audit. After the audit, Lifesaving Society support is available to assist with implementing or developing solutions suggested by the Audit.

The Lifesaving Society and the audit team members take no responsibility for facility management’s action on the recommendations.  A six-month follow-up visit by the audit team can be performed upon request


Clients requesting a safety audit service enter into a contract with the Society. The contract stipulates the scope of the review and the type of report desired. Fees vary depending on these and other variables.  

For More Information Contact Cheryl Sibany, Manager of Safety Services 

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