The Lifesaving Society is a charitable organization working to prevent drowning and water-related injury through our training programs, Water Smart® public education, safety management services, drowning prevention research and lifesaving sport.
2014 sees the Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard program celebrating 50 years in Canada. This certification is the gold standard for pool, water front, surf and waterpark lifeguarding in Canada. Currently in Newfoundland and Labrador our communities are protected by 648 individuals who hold National Lifeguard certifications and more than 5,300 lifeguards have been trained in the province since 1969.
The Lifesaving Society has been researching and reporting on drowning and preventable water-related deaths across Canada since 1990. This research provides a comprehensive overview of drowning to guide the Society and others in developing drowning prevention solutions. While this information helps to focus the scale and scope of the problem it might be argued that this is a report of failures.
During the 2014, 50th anniversary year, the Lifesaving Society is celebrating our National Lifeguards – Canada’s unsung heroes. These individuals are unsung, because lifeguards prevent the vast majority of incidents from happening in the first place. They are unsung, because when they do respond, they are just doing the job they were trained to do, even when they are not on the job.
The Lifesaving Society would like your assistance in generating a report on the positive effects of the National Lifeguard program for the 50 year celebrations. This will help focus the attention on these every day heroes. The concept would be similar to the Workplace Health and Safety committees’ reports of accident free days that are advertised in and around various workplaces.
The Newfoundland and Labrador branch would like to receive information on incidents that our National Lifeguards have been involved in for each month from June to Dec. This would be broken down in the following ways: In water rescues; on land rescues; and off duty rescues.
We would require a geographic location of the incident (not a specific pool or building), date and time and a brief description of what has occurred. A report form may be found below for online submission or downloaded for completion. We would ask that completed forms are sent to the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the Lifesaving Society as incidents occur or on a monthly basis at the end of each calendar month.
The Society will tabulate and publish intervention data quarterly on its website www.lifesavingnl.ca and social media sites. It is not the Society's intention to single out any individual life guard or facility with this information. Please help the Lifesaving Society put the spotlight on this group of individuals whose training is ingrained in their mind and their actions.
Lifeguards embody the Lifesaving Society’s motto:
“Whomsoever you see in distress, recognize in him a fellow man “