Every year, 500 Canadians die in water-related incidents, most of which can be prevented. In Canada, drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury deaths among children 1-4 years of age, and the 2nd leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death for Canadians under 60 years of age.

2003 Oakville Slide-a-thon


Donate Now Through!

Make a donation online to the Lifesaving Society by clicking the Donate Now button. A new window will open where you have options to direct your donation to specific funds or causes.

If you would prefer to donate by another method, see the contact information located at the bottom of this page.

Your donation enables us to fund Water Smart drowning prevention education and programs like Swim to Survive. Thank you - your contribution will help save lives!

What we do

The Lifesaving Society works to prevent drowning and water-related injury through its training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning prevention research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Each year in Canada, over 1,000,000 Canadians participate in the Society's swimming, lifesaving, lifeguard and leadership courses.

The Lifesaving Society is a national volunteer organization and a registered charity composed of ten provincial/territorial branches, tens of thousands of individual members and over 4,000 affiliated swimming pools, waterfronts and schools. The Society has been educating Canadians to save themselves and others since the first Lifesaving Bronze Medallion was earned in 1896. We are Canada's lifeguarding experts.

We acknowledge all donors of $25 or more in Donor Clubs in our Annual Report unless you tell us otherwise:

Friends of the Society give $25 to $99.

Bronze Club members give $100 to $299.

Merit Club members give $300 to $499.

Distinction Club members give $500 or more.

Memorial Gifts

We accept gifts that honour the memory of a loved one. Once we have your details we send you a letter of thanks confirming  receipt of the donation. We also send a letter to the next of kin you identify to tell them of your generous In Memoriam donation.

Tax receipts

When you donate online, a tax receipt is issued automatically. If you donate by another method, the Society issues tax receipts for donations of $25 or more. We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit cards

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Lifesaving Society Newfoundland Labrador:
Phone 709-576-1953  Fax 709-738-1475  Email:
Our mailing address is:

Lifesaving Society
11 Austin Street
PO Box  8065, Station "A"
St. John's, Newfoundland A1B 3M9