The Royal Life Saving Society Canada is the Canadian governing body for Lifesaving Sport (National Sport Organization). Lifesaving Sport is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Standardized events are recognized by the International Life Saving Federation (ILS). 
The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch is the provincial governing body for Lifesaving Sport (Provincial Sport Organization). We host and sanction Lifesaving Sport competitions for age-group, senior and masters athletes and provide certification programs for coaches and officials. 
Lifesaving Sport is the only sport whose skills are first learned for humanitarian purposes. It combines athletic ability with lifesaving skills and rescue equipment. Lifesaving Sport's emphasis and programs focus is on long term athlete development. Lifesaving Sport also provides unique opportunities for volunteer recruitment, retention and leadership development.