Competitions Information

Sanctioned Competition

The Lifesaving Society is the Canadian governing body for competitive lifesaving - a sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Competitive lifesaving is unique because it is the only sport in which skills are learned for humanitarian purposes and only then applied to competition.

As the Canadian sport governing body for lifesaving, the Society promotes healthy living through the creation of lifesaving clubs within Canadian communities. Competition, staff training, and masters are but a few of the opportunities to attract new participants to lifesaving programs, to showcase Canada's lifeguards, and to promote public awareness of our drowning and water-related injury prevention aims.

The Lifesaving Society sponsored lifesaving races as early as the 1930s and has organized lifeguard competitions since the late 1960s. The first Canadian Lifeguard Championship was held in Winnipeg in 1977. The Society hosted the World Lifesaving Championships in Vancouver at Rescue '86. Alberta hosted the 2009 RLSS Commonwealth Pool Lifesaving Championships.

Provincial and national championships showcase the professionalism of our lifesaving athletes. National lifesaving teams represent Canada at international competitions.

Lifesaving Sport international is divided into six different disciplines including; pool events, ocean events, Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC), Stillwater boat competition, surf boat competition and the inflatable rescue boat (IRB) competition. With this type of diversity it is easy to understand why this sport has been deemed the most demanding multi-discipline sport in the world.  

 


 

When and Where are Competitions held?

Check the Lifesaving Sport MEET SCHEDULE for all meets past and present.

 


 

How do I sign up for a Competition?

Athletes can enter a meet through their club and the club's coach. Please contact your club for further information on entering competitions.

 


 

Planning, Organizing and Running A Competition

The following information and proceedure will assist you in running a competition.  All of the links connect to secure areas on the website so you will need to be signed in to access these pages:

    1. REVIEW Lifesaving Sport MEET RULES
      When planning, organizing and running any Lifesaving Sport Swim meet, you need to be familiar with the Lifesaving Sport RULES AND REGULATIONS. They ouline the rules that govern all types of competitions in the Lifesaving Sport and can be an excellent source of information on elements of a meet you may not even have considered!

    2. ADD YOUR MEET TO THE Lifesaving Sport MEET SCHEDULE
      Once you are familiar with the Lifesaving Sport Rules and Regulations you need to pick a meet date. To do this you can check the existing Lifesaving Sport Meet Schedule to find a free weekend, pick a date and then have it approved by one of your Region Representatives. Once this is done you should ADD YOUR MEET TO THE Lifesaving Sport MEET SCHEDULE. Be sure that you have confirmed your pool booking for this date!
    3. ADD and/or EDIT YOU MEET DETAILS
      You can now ADD and/or EDIT YOUR MEET DETAILS IN THE MEET ADMINISTRATION AREA. This can be done immediatly foolowing step 2, or at a later date. This area will allow you to define all the details of your meet, like who your referee will be, which events you will host, when your entry deadline is and how you will score you meet. You can go back in and edit your meet as much as you like up until you request a sanction number.

    4. SANCTION YOUR MEET
      In order for your meet to be supported by the Lifesaving Sport website, for the results to be considered "Official" and for Lifesaving Sport insurance to cover your meet, you must sanction it. Once you have completed entering all the details for your meet, you should request a sanction number. Once you receive a sanction number your event details will be used to create a meet pacakage on the Lifesaving Sport website, the referee will be notified of your meet details and your meet will become availble on the coaches entries webpage. You can REQUEST A SANCTION NUMBER IN THE MEET ADMINISTRATION AREA.

    5. FILL YOUR OFFICIALS and VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
      It is also a good idea at this time to start recruiting volunteers and officials to asisst in running your meet. You can fill the officials at your meet here - UPDATE OFFICIALS to make this task easier.

    6. SET UP YOUR MEET COMPUTER, IMPORT ENTRIES and PRODUCE HEAT SHEETS
      Once the entry deadline for your meet passes you should set up your meet computer(s) by first DOWNLOADING THE APPRORIATE HY-TEK TEMPLATE IN THE CLUB ADMIN AREA. Once this is done and your meet is "set up" in the computer, you can DOWNLOAD THE MEET ENTRY FILES IN THE MEET ADMIN AREA and import them into your meet computer.
      For a detailed guide to the setting up and using your meet computer, check out the Lifesaving Sport Hy-Tek User Guide.
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  1. RUN THE MEET
    On the day(s) of your meet you will need readily available copies of all the Competition forms. 

  2. COMPLETE THE MEET REPORT and UPLOAD THE RESULTS
    Once your meet is complete you will need to COMPLETE AND SUBMIT A MEET REPORT IN THE MEET ADMIN AREA; once this is complete you can then UPLOAD YOUR MEET RESULTS IN THE MEET ADMIN AREA.

  3. START PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR!

 

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