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2020 Canadian Drowning Report



2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Drowning Report

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Newfoundland and Labrador Report

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Read the 2019 Annual Report.


Water Smart Tips for Parents

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Chidren under 5 years old

Children from 5 to
12 years old


United Nations Adopts Historic Resolution on Drowning Prevention

The first UN Resolution on Drowning Prevention was approved by the General Assembly on April 28, 2021. Canada was one of 79 Member States that co-sponsored the Resolution. It is a significant milestone: this Resolution will focus attention and action on this highly preventable public health challenge, and increase international awareness and action to reduce drowning. Read the Canadian announcement.


Introducing the new Bronze medal awards

The Lifesaving Society is excited to announce the official release of the revised Bronze medal awards! The update improves skill progressions for a seamless flow into National Lifeguard and sets candidates up for success as they move through the Society's lifesaving, assistant lifeguard and lifeguard continuum.

Learn about what's new for you:


2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Drowning Report

NL Drowning Report Cover 150Drowning fatalities remain at historic lows, equal with the provinces previous lowest rate, but still nearly double the Canadian average according to the Society's most recent edition of the Newfoundland and Labrador Drowning Report. Fishing is the most common recreational activity when drowning occurs, and males continue to account for 95% of drowning deaths. Learn more.


SFA Recertifications

To comply with Newfoundland and Labrador's Occupational Health and Safety First Aid Regulations, the Lifesaving Society will retire its Standard First Aid recertification course effective October 1, 2020.

The Society apologizes to affiliates affected by this sudden but necessary policy change. Read the full announcement.


Policy Changes

The Lifesaving Society Canada is adopting 15 years as the minimum age prerequisite for certification as a Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor, or National Lifeguard. The Society is also broadening access to its courses by accepting, for prerequisite purposes, Workplace Standard First Aid certifications provided by training agencies approved by the Government of New Brunswick. Read the details here.



The well-being of our members and program participants is our priority in this evolving story. The Lifesaving Society is operating in accordance with the recommendations of public health authorities.

Stay up to date by visiting the COVID-19 page on our website


EFA and SFA Certifications Valid for 3 Years

Lifesaving Society Emergency and Workplace Standard First Aid certifications are now valid for three years (36 months) from the date of certification. In the interests of reducing confusion among employers and harmonizing the Society's currency period with Newfoundland and Labrador government regulations, CSA recommendations and the general practice among other workplace first aid providers, the Lifesaving Society  has adopted a three-year period for the validity of its workplace EFA and SFA certifications only. Read the announcement


Become an Examiner Mentor

Examiner Mentors are senior Lifesaving Society Examiners appointed by the Society to mentor examiner candidates through their apprenticeship phase and approve them for examiner certification. Examiners who have conducted a minimum of three exams, and have the desire to support and tutor new Examiner candidates can now apply for this new designation. Learn more or fill out the application form.

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