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Canada's Leader in Drowning Prevention
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Upcoming Events
Annual General Meeting and Branch Recognition Awards and Branch Update

Zone: Calgary
Location: Cardel Theatre
 
Date: June 15, 2018
 

Zone: Calgary
Hosted by: YMCA Calgary
Location: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge
 
Date: June 15 -16, 2018


Zone: Calgary
Hosted by: YMCA Calgary
Location: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge
 
Date: June 16-17, 2018
 
Sessions Offered:
  • Swim and Lifesaving Trainer Recertification
  • National Lifeguard Instructor and Trainer Recertification
  • First Aid Instructor and Trainer Recertification 
June 6, 2018
Training Programs
Reminder to all Trainers (formerly: Instructor Trainers)
All current Trainers must attend a Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic by December 31, 2018. There are two remaining Trainer Mandatory Update Clinics scheduled for 2018. The first is in June (Calgary) and the second is in November (Edmonton). Course information and links to registration are provided below. If you have already attended a Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic please disregard this reminder.
Trainer Course (formerly: Instructor Trainer)
September 21-23, 2018 (Host: Town of Okotoks - Okotoks Recreation Centre)         Register
Trainers are responsible for preparing candidates to assume leadership roles as Lifesaving Society Instructors, Examiners, and Coaches. Trainers are responsible to teach, evaluate, and certify candidates for Lifesaving Society Instructor, Examiner and Coach certifications in the topical streams in which they are appropriately qualified. They may be appointed as a Mentor.
Prerequisite(s):  Application, leadership experience, current Lifesaving Instructor.
Candidates must complete the Course/Clinic Application Form and forward to the Society's office for approval prior to registering for course.
In-Person Leadership Recertification Course & Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic
June 15-17, 2018                     Note: the registration deadline is Friday, June 8.
Calgary Zone (Host: YMCA Calgary - Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge)
In-Person Leadership Recertification Course & Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic
November 16-18, 2018
Edmonton Zone ( Host: City of Edmonton - ACT Community Recreation Centre)
Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic Registration Information

Public Education
National Drowning Prevention Week
Mark your calendars! National Drowning Prevention Week is July 15-21, 2018.
The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention.
The Social Media Plan  contains daily themes and key messages targeted to address trends seen in Lifesaving Society drowning reports and the data from the Drowning Prevention Research Centre. The key messages can be used on social media to promote safe behaviors while in, on and around water. Please include the #NDPW2018 hashtag in the posts.
If you have any questions or require Water Smart® Materials to support National Drowning Prevention Week please contact the Lifesaving Society at (780) 415-1755 or email experts@lifesaving.org
Lifejacket Loaner Station Grants Available from the Lifesaving Society Alberta and NWT Branch
The Lifesaving Society has recently received grant funding from Cabela's Canada Outdoor Fund. We are very pleased to be able to offer a limited number of grants of up to $1,500 each to support the establishment of new lifejacket loaner stations.
 
The Lifesaving Society will work with the successful applicants to provide banners, signage and Water Smart® public education materials for the new lifejacket loaner stations at no additional cost. The Society is able to co-brand the main Lifejacket Loaner Station banner displayed at each loaner station.

Cabela's Canada Outdoor Fund is also supplying 200 lifejackets that will be used to support the new lifejacket loaner stations and also resupply existing lifejacket loaner stations based on need.

We ask that interested communities complete an expression of interest and submit to the Lifesaving Society by Monday, June 18. The Lifesaving Society will review the submitted expressions of interest and will select communities based on need and eligibility. Support from community champions and partners are essential to the lifejacket loaner station program's success and will be a factor in the selection of successful applicants. Preference will be given to communities who do not currently have a lifejacket loaner station.
 
A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let's Get Moving!
On May 31, 2018 federal, provincial, and territorial Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity, and recreation released A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let's Get Moving!
Informed and inspired by many organizations, communities and leaders who have a stake in promoting and supporting physical activity in all its forms, the Common Vision is Canada's first national policy focused on addressing physical inactivity and sedentary living. More than 275 organizations, communities and individuals provided input during the creation of the Common Vision.
For more information about the consultation and engagement process, a report is available here .
Member Services
New Promotional Items!
National Drowning Prevention Week Flag
The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch has created a National Drowning Prevention Week Flag to support community activations and raise awareness that drowning is an under recognized global public health issue. The flags may be raised at community facilities, town halls, businesses, etc., in support of National Drowning Prevention Week.
Cost: $95.00 (includes GST, shipping and handling)
Flag Specifications:
  • White background
  • Standard size - measures 30 x 60 inches (2.5 feet x 5 feet)

Lifesaving Society Branded Polarized Sunglasses
New Lifesaving Society branded polarized sunglasses are available to order. They are designed to reduce glare, especially on the water, perfect for National Lifeguards! The sunglasses are available in blue and white.
Cost:  $10.00/pair (includes GST, shipping and handling). Note: to receive this special pricing with GST and Shipping & Handling included, orders must be placed using the link below.
Sunglass Specifications:
  • Made of impact-resistant polycarbonate
  • Equipped with UV400 lenses that provide UVA and UVB protection.
  • Polarized sunglasses reduce glare and provide clearer imagery
  • Contoured temples fit tightly around your ears and hold these customizable sunglasses in place
  • Sturdy nosepieces provide a better, more natural fit on your face
  • Size: One size fits most
Proceeds from the sale of the sunglasses will support our annual Water Smart campaign.

Annual General Meeting and Branch Recognition Awards
Our Annual General Meeting and Branch Recognition Awards is on Friday, June 15. We will also provide a Branch Update following the AGM. The event will be held at the Cardel Theatre in Calgary. Please register and join us!
AGM and Branch Recognition Awards: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Branch Update: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Lifesaving Sport
Edmonton Lifesaving Sport Surf Camps
 
The focus of the Lifesaving Sport Surf Camps will be the growth fundamental surf and beach skills and the use of lifesaving sport equipment for beginners and more advanced skills and equipment use for those participants with more experience and skills.
Camps are open to athletes 8 years and older as well as coaches. Participants are responsible for all logistics outside of camp time including transportation, accommodation, meals, individual equipment (fins, wetsuits, water shirt, etc.)
This is an excellent development opportunity for athletes training for the Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships from August 24 to 26, 2018 at the Centre touristique du Lac-Simon in Quebec and for the Lifesaving World Championships from November 16 to December 2, 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.
The registration fee is $15.00/per session. Note: Facilities may charge for spectators who attend the sessions.
Edmonton Lifesaving Sport Camps REGISTER
For more information, please contact sport@lifesaving.org

Date
Session
Facility Location
Time
Saturday, June 23
Session 1
West Edmonton Mall - Wave Pool
7:30 am - 10:00 am
Saturday, June 23
Session 2
Lake Summerside (Edmonton) - open water and beach
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sunday, June 24
Session 3
West Edmonton Mall - Wave Pool
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sunday, June 24
Session 4
Lake Summerside (Edmonton) - open water and beach
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Canada's Drowning Prevention Charity
The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch
Charitable Registration No. 11912 9021 RR0001
13123 - 156 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5V 1V2

The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch would like to thank our supporter: