Roles of the Lifesaving Society

As Canada's lifeguarding experts, the Lifesaving Society readily shares its expertise with its members. To maintain the Society's level of expertise, the Society is committed to:

  • represent Alberta and the Northwest Territories nationally and internationally as an active member of the Royal Life Saving Society and the International Life Saving Federation;
  • conduct comprehensive research into water-related deaths and injuries and the factors contributing to these incidents;
  • respond to identified needs in Alberta and the Northwest Territories through drowning and water-related injury prevention with Water Smart® public education, swimming, lifesaving, and lifeguard training, lifesaving sport initiatives and program development;
  • maintain our commitment to the Program Model Design through the publishing of resource materials for programs, instructors/ examiners, instructor trainers, and affiliate members suitable for the delivery of Lifesaving Society programs and services;
  • research and set standards for swimming, first aid & CPR, lifesaving, lifeguarding, and drowning prevention;
  • research and set safety management standards for aquatic environments; and
  • provide safety management services and training programs that support communities in creating safe aquatic environments.