Annual General Meeting

The Lifesaving Society's 2024 Annual General Meeting was held in Calgary on June 14th at Vivo for Healthier Generations.
At this event, we gather to recognize and celebrate our collaborative efforts to reduce drowning and water-related injury, while also connecting with fellow members, learning about the latest Society developments, and enjoying some refreshments!
In addition to the meeting, this year we also hosted various free workshops during the afternoon, where all attendees were welcome to participate. 

Emergency Training - Building Confidence and Competence

Workshop Slides Now Available

Host: Naomi Switzer

How do you ensure your team is ready for emergencies and how will you prove that they are competent? Go beyond the basics with your emergency in-service training and find out how written expectations, procedures, drop drills, remediation, and concrete evaluation frameworks can build trust and transform a team.

Recommended Audience: this workshop is geared towards staff supervisors, emergency response staff and coordinators, safety personnel, and support staff, but anyone is welcome!

About the Host

Since 2012, Naomi has immersed herself in the field of aquatics. Like many aquatics professionals, Naomi’s experience expands past water, taking on roles and education in safety, and physical health. Working in these various positions has provided experience in leadership, team-building, safety guidelines and applications. She has become a passionate advocate for emergency response training within aquatic environments.

Currently serving as a Program Coordinator with the City of Fort Saskatchewan, Naomi is deeply committed to the culture of the aquatics team that she works with and prioritizes staff morale and engagement.

She works towards constantly improving aquatic environments where individuals can thrive and enjoy water in a diverse, fun, and safe way.

In her presentation, Naomi will share insights from her years of experience offering perspectives on safety, emergency response training, and the role that aquatic leaders play in developing confident and competent teams.

Make Your Lessons Soar with Stuff from the Dollar Store

Host: Dominique MacDonald

In this workshop we will take inspiration from small, discounted items and demonstrate how they can be used in a variety of ways. Think rubber chickens, puzzles, popsicle sticks, foam sheets, pom poms, foam dice and more.  We will learn how to develop fun activities that meet the specific sessions purposes and learning outcomes for the course that you are teaching. Let’s level up your lessons and make them soar with small items from the dollar store. 

Recommended Audience: This workshop will be geared towards those that teach JLC, Bronze Courses, Instructors, National Lifeguard, and Swim Patrol, but everyone is welcome!

About the Host

As a senior-level aquatic and recreation professional, Dominique brings a wealth of experience and expertise in managing aquatic facilities and spearheading recreational programs that promote community wellness and safety for private, municipal and post-secondary recreation facilities.

She excels in orchestrating impactful presentation, workshops, events, and keynotes that engage and inspire audiences and she’s received numerous awards including the Commonwealth Service medal from the Lifesaving Society. 

She is a passionate aquatic safety advocate which underscores her commitment to upholding the highest standards of workplace safety and excellence in aquatic environments. Leveraging her multifaceted skill set, she is dedicated to enhancing the quality of aquatic programs, empowering staff through comprehensive training, and advocating for best practices that foster a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, and enjoyment for all participants.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Strategies to Combat Inattentional Blindness at the Pool

Host: Joshua Koke

In the dynamic and often visually overloaded environment of the swimming pool, the potential for lifeguards and swim instructors to experience inattentional blindness—a failure to perceive visible objects when attention is diverted elsewhere—is significantly high. Join Josh as he delves into the psychological phenomenon where crucial cues are missed by those tasked with pool safety. Through an engaging blend of psychological insights and practical strategies, this workshop aims to equip lifeguards, instructors, and their supervisors with the tools they need to enhance their perceptual vigilance and improve overall safety outcomes for swimmers.

About the Host

Joshua Koke is a national speaker specializing in management and learning who believes in bringing sound, practical solutions to organizations looking to maximize their employee engagement and guest service programs. With a rich background spanning over two decades in aquatics, he has held various roles including Instructor Trainer for the Lifesaving Society of Canada, Master Instructor Trainer for the Canadian Red Cross, and as Vice President of the Alberta Association of Aquatic Professionals. Josh continues to work in the recreation sector, supervising three of Strathcona County’s recreation facilities, and regularly brings his own children to enjoy swimming, skating, and all things recreation.

"Draw & Doodle" Complex First Aid Simulation Experience

Supplementary Workshop Slides Now Available

Host: Anthony Seto

In this workshop, you will experience a facilitation methodology that you can employ when teaching first aid content in Lifesaving Society courses. Upon splitting up into smaller groups, your table’s facilitator will lead you through a complex first aid simulation that requires drawing and doodling on a paper chart.

You will be encountering Bob, who passed out near an outdoor pool and fell onto the ground. Discover an approach to a person who presents with altered level of consciousness, and work with a team to save the person’s life!

The case will be debriefed with a review of case-relevant first aid, systematic rescue approaches, and effective team dynamics. This workshop is facilitated by the Lifesaving Society AB & NWT Medical Advisor and his team of University of Calgary medical trainees.

About the Host

Anthony Seto is an aquatics leadership instructor, teaching primarily National Lifeguard recerts and occasionally Instructor courses. He has been teaching Lifesaving Society leadership courses since 2009 and facilitates Trainer courses for Lifesaving Society in the capacity of a National Trainer. In 2020, he was appointed Medical Advisor of Lifesaving Society AB & NWT.

Outside of aquatics, Anthony is certified as a physician in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine specialties. He practices clinically at urgent care centers, rural emergency departments, online virtually, and at electronic dance music festivals as the "rave doctor". 

As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and Event Medical Director for several music festivals, he has accumulated a lot of experience in designing, facilitating, and debriefing medical emergency simulations.


Connor Hass, Liam Montgomery, Makayla Skrlac, Melissa Monaghan, and Abraham Hussein are medical students from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. They have all worked at electronic dance music festivals as part of the medical team, where they train with healthcare professionals and other first aiders through simulated cases to prepare for emergencies.