Nov 26
2020

COVID-19 Update: State of Public Health Emergency Declared

COVID-19 Update: State of Public Health Emergency Declared

On November 24, 2020 the Province of Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency. As a result, additional targeted restrictions were announced for areas on the enhanced list (See Government of Alberta www.alberta.ca/covid19). While we have…

Nov 19
2020

Northwest Territories Lifesaving Society Certification Extensions

Northwest Territories Lifesaving Society Certification Extensions

The Lifesaving Society had previously announced the one-time extension of certifications for Members as a result of COVID-19.   Since the Government of Northwest Territories has started to issue exemptions allowing specific swimming pools who have been…

Nov 19
2020

Fall Forum 2020: Save the Date & Call for Presenters

Fall Forum 2020: Save the Date & Call for Presenters

The Lifesaving Society will host a FREE Fall Forum this year on December 10, 2020. This year's Fall Forum will celebrate and share some of the challenges, learnings, and successes experienced by Affiliate Delivery Partners in response to COVID-19.  …

Nov 13
2020

New Targeted Public Health Restrictions In Alberta

New Targeted Public Health Restrictions In Alberta

On November 12, 2020 the Province of Alberta enacted new targeted public health restrictions. These restrictions were put in place for communities that are on the enhanced list (see www.alberta.ca/covid19 for further detail) and go into effect…

Oct 15
2020

2020 Northern Canada Drowning Report

2020 Northern Canada Drowning Report

The 2020 Drowning Report for Northern Canada is now available on the Lifesaving Society website. Members will find that drownings increased slightly in 2017 compared with 2016 but are still lower than annual figures reported in 2008 through 2015.  …

Oct 02
2020

Face Mask FAQ & Updates to Re-Activating Aquatics in Alberta

Face Mask FAQ & Updates to Re-Activating Aquatics in Alberta

Face Mask FAQ Following the publication of the Mask Flowchart Information Bulletin, the Lifesaving Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories has worked closely with our medical advisor to create the Face Mask FAQ reference document. This additional…

Oct 01
2020

Transport Canada Survey on Lifejacket Use

Transport Canada Survey on Lifejacket Use

A key component of the Lifesaving Society's annual Water Smart® education campaign is messaging around choosing and using lifejackets. Drowning data shows that this messaging has had a positive impact, however, there continues to be a high percentage…

Sep 24
2020

New Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Products Available!

New Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Products Available!

To meet the increased needs of our Affiliates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lifesaving Society has expanded its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Product Line. Please see this brochure for information and pricing regarding our new product line…

Aug 05
2020

Lifesaving Society Organizational Update - August 2020

Lifesaving Society Organizational Update - August 2020

Message from the CEO COVID-19 has had significant impacts on non-for-profits, charity's, organizations, and communities globally. Many have had to lay staff off, restructure, and re-invent how they do business in order to achieve their mandate.   While…

Jun 25
2020

Lifeguard Return to Work In-Service Guide

Lifeguard Return to Work In-Service Guide

The Lifesaving Society has released a Lifeguard Return to Work In-Service Guide to assist pools in conducting in-services for new and/or returning personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Checklists with 'Must Sees' are included to allow facilities…

Jun 12
2020

COVID-19: Requirement for Re-opening Swimming Pools

COVID-19: Requirement for Re-opening Swimming Pools

On June 12th, 2020, Alberta Health Services released requirements for facility owners and operators for re-opening swimming pools. Owners and operators should call their local public health inspector with AHS to discuss any questions they have about…

Jun 09
2020

COVID-19: Alberta Relaunches Aquatics

COVID-19: Alberta Relaunches Aquatics

Today the Province of Alberta announced that Swimming Pools and Recreation Centres may reopen with restrictions as early as June 12, 2020. More information on this announcement and guidance from the province can be found on the Government of Alberta…

May 20
2020

COVID-19: Update Regarding Pleasure Crafts

COVID-19: Update Regarding Pleasure Crafts

Please see the attached communication from Transport Canada regarding measures for pleasure crafts in Northern communities: The Government of Canada announces new measures for pleasure craft in northern communities Transport Canada recognizes the ongoing…

May 14
2020

COVID-19: First Aid Programming Position Statement

COVID-19: First Aid Programming Position Statement

All first aid training agencies that provide workplace approved first aid training are required by the Government of Alberta to implement a process to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. As an Approved Workplace First Aid Training Agency the Lifesaving…

May 08
2020

Lifesaving Society Online Learning Academy

Lifesaving Society Online Learning Academy

To meet your member needs the Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch is excited to announce the launch of our Online Training Academy. The Academy will be the the Society's online training platform. Here you will find courses that are fully delivered…

May 07
2020

2020 Annual General Meeting

2020 Annual General Meeting

Registration to attend the 2020 Virtual Annual General Meeting on June 12, 2020 is now OPEN!  Note: This year due to Covid-19 and the restriction on public gatherings we will host a Virtual AGM. Typically we also present our Affiliate and Branch Recognition…

Mar 20
2020

COVID-19 and Implications for First Aid Agency Providers

COVID-19 and Implications for First Aid Agency Providers

Please see the attached communication from the Government of Alberta regarding the extension of Workplace First Aid Certifications.  COVID-19 and Implications for First Aid Agency Providers As this is an evolving response to a global pandemic and it…

Mar 17
2020

COVID-19: Recreation Facilities Ordered to Close to the Public

COVID-19: Recreation Facilities Ordered to Close to the Public

On March 17, 2020 the Government of Alberta declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 under the Public Health Act. New public health measures are now recommended to limit the time Albertans spend in large crowds and crowded spaces. Effective immediately:…

Mar 17
2020

Update from the CEO

Update from the CEO

We are in unprecedented waters as the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic. In Canadawe are seeing restrictions on society as a whole and life as we know it is immensely different.As we face our new normal (at least for the time being) we recognize…

Mar 16
2020

COVID-19: Update for Aquatic Facilities

COVID-19: Update for Aquatic Facilities

Alberta Health Services has released an update for Aquatic Facilities that have chosen to shutdown, maintain or reduce operations due to the risks associated with COVID-19. For facilities choosing to close to the public: Microbiological water samples are…