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Lifesaving Sport: Join the World’s Only Humanitarian Sport

The Lifesaving Society is the Canadian governing body for Lifesaving Sport - a sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

We organize annual championships for age-group, senior and masters athletes and certification programs for coaches and officials.

Lifesaving sport is the only sport whose skills are first learned for humanitarian purposes. Through lifesaving sport, the Lifesaving Society seeks to engage and inspire youth in our drowning prevention mission. Our Lifesaving Sport objectives are:

  • To support the drowning prevention work of the Lifesaving Society and its humanitarian mission.
  • To provide athletes, coaches, and officials opportunities for participation in lifesaving sport at all levels from developmental to high performance.
  • To position the Lifesaving Society internationally as a leader in lifesaving sport.

While lifesaving competition in Canada has changed significantly since the Society's first Canadian Lifeguard Championships in 1977, some things never change. Our humanitarian mission remains the foundation of all the Society's activities.

The Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Program

The Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Program

This program teaches Lifesaving Sport skills to those swimmers who are at least 8 years old and can complete the Swim to Survive Standard. For the challenging Waterfront Module swimmers who are 8 years old must have completed a learn to swim program to participate.

Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals offers participants a recreational introduction to Lifesaving Sport skills. The program also teaches team building, fair play, ethics in sport and responsibility. Lifesaving Sport competition opportunities are available through TeleGames, as well as regional and provincial events.

For more information about the Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Program, click here.

Become a Junior Lifeguard

Junior Lifeguard Club introduces children aged 8 to 15 to Lifesaving Sport. It’s a great way for kids to make friends, be active and learn how to enjoy the water safely. Participants will be introduced to lifesaving sport skills and will learn team building, fair play, ethics in sports and responsibility. All Junior Lifeguard Clubs are delivered by registered and affiliated organizations of the Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon Branch

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Become a Junior Lifeguard
Compete in Junior Lifeguard Telegames

Compete in Junior Lifeguard Telegames

Are you ready to have some serious fun at your first lifeguard competition? TeleGames are inter-club level competitions held at aquatic facilities throughout the year. TeleGames provide competitors an opportunity to experience lifesaving sport events in a fun and encouraging competitive environment where performances are compared with other lifesavers - all without travelling.

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Train Locally, Compete Internationally

Lifesaving Sport provides athletes, coaches and officials opportunities for participation in lifesaving sport at all levels from developmental to high-performance. For competitors looking to take their training to the next level, the Lifesaving Society offers annual lifeguard competitions provincially such as the Barnsley Branch Championship and national competitions in Emergency Response, Pool Lifesaving and Surf Lifesaving. Athletes names to Canada's National Lifesaving Team participate in competitions around the world. Become a registered athlete!

Train Locally, Compete Internationally
Become a Lifesaving Sport Coach

Become a Lifesaving Sport Coach

Share your passion for lifesaving by becoming a Lifesaving Sport Coach. Coaching is a fun and rewarding way to get involved and inspire the next generation of lifesavers. Lifesaving Sport Coach training is designed to provide further training and support to Lifesaving Instructors who would like coaching opportunities or are teaching the Junior Lifeguard Program and coaching a lifesaving sport club. Coaches will learn more about athlete development, designing club workouts for water sports, using equipment and preparing to participate in or host competitive sport activities and events.

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