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 different disciplines including; pool events, ocean events, Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC), 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.