Public Pools

The Lifesaving Society is the standard setting certifying body for aquatic safety and Canada's lifeguards. 

The Lifesaving Society researches industry customs and practices along with conducting literature reviews to establish evidence-based standards.

The Lifesaving Society recommends that you read the safety standards referenced below and use this document to evaluate your pool, determining what steps you can take to create a safer environment for your customers and staff. 

Safety Standards for Canadian Swimming Facility

The Lifesaving Society is recognized as a leader in developing standards for activities in, on and around water. Through its Safety Standards Commission, the Society sets national aquatic environment standards and clarifies existing provincial/territorial regulations.

Lifesaving Society Canada’s National Safety Standards are developed using Fatality Inquires and Coroners’ Inquest recommendations, the latest evidence-based research, and reflect the aquatic industry’s best practices at the time the publication was approved or revised.  The purpose of these standards is to encourage swimming pool, waterpark and waterfront owners, managers, operators and regulators to adopt these standards in order to prevent drownings in aquatic environments.

Lifesaving Society Canada’s National Safety Standards do not replace or supersede local, provincial/territorial or federal legislation or regulations, but they are considered the standard to which aquatic facility operators should work towards in order to enhance safety within their operations and to prevent drowning and aquatic-related injury.

Lifesaving Society Branches help aquatic facility operators maintain and improve safe pool and waterfront operations. In response to requests, Lifesaving Society representatives perform safety audits and provide expert testimony in legal cases involving aquatic safety.

Lifesaving Society Canada's National Safety Standards

Public Aquatic Facility Safety Standards

The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories has developed the Public Aquatic Facility Safety Standards Guide to be used to evaluate your pool and determine what steps you can take to create a safer environment for your customers and staff. Share this with your facility staff such as lifeguards and pool operators, as well as other staff members who have a safety management role such as a community recreation director and your municipal risk manager. Keep a copy of this document in the pool office for easy reference by facility staff.

What is considered a Public Aquatic Facility?

A Public Aquatic Facility means:

  • Any swimming pool generally available to the public or any segment of the public for their use and includes whirlpools, wave pools and waterparks, or
  • A swimming pool operated in conjunction with or as part of a program of an educational, instructional, physical fitness or athletic institution supported in whole or in part by public funds or public subscription.