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Currents - September 2022

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Newfoundland and Labrador Report

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2021 Newfoundland and Labrador Drowning Report

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National Lifeguard Update

The Lifesaving Society has updated the National Lifeguard program following a review to ensure its curriculum and performance standards remain current, relevant and grounded in the competencies required by lifeguards.

Read about the key changes.


Swim Transition Extended

The Society has extended the Swim Transition pathways for Red Cross-certified individuals who seek Lifesaving Society certifications.

For Red Cross Water Safety Instructors wishing to become Lifesaving Society Swim Instructors, the official Swim Transition Instructor Clinic will remain live at through June 30, 2023.

Canadian Red Cross members can transfer their certification to the Lifesaving Society electronically via

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Online and blended learning

Read the Lifesaving Society's guide for affiliates and leadership personnel regarding the delivery of Society courses in online or blended learning formats - updated December 2021.


2021 Newfoundland and Labrador Drowning Report

Drowning fatalities have declined nearly 50% over the past five years according to the Society's most recent Newfoundland and Labrador Drowning Report, but the causes and demographics remain the same. Boating is the most common activity when drowning occurs, and not wearing a lifejacket is the largest contributing factor. Males continue to account for 93% of drowning deaths in the province. Read the full report.


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:


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.


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

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