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Upcoming Events
Zone: Calgary
Hosted by: Town of Okotoks
Location: Okotoks Recreation Centre

Date: September 21-23, 2018

Zone: NWT
Hosted by: City of Yellowknife
Location:  Multiplex (PSAV meeting room)

Date: October 22-24, 2018

Zone: Edmonton
Hosted by: City of Edmonton
Location: ACT Community Recreation Centre
Date: November 16-17, 2018

Zone: Edmonton
Hosted by: City of Edmonton
Location: ACT Community Recreation Centre
Date: November 17-18, 2018
Sessions Offered:
  • Swim and Lifesaving Trainer Recertification
  • National Lifeguard Instructor and Trainer Recertification
  • First Aid Instructor and Trainer Recertification
August 1, 2018
Training Programs
SwimAbilities® Instructor Course
August 7-8, 2018 (Host: Town of Okotoks - Okotoks Recreation Centre)       Call (403) 938-8954 to register.

SwimAbilities Instructors are responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the SwimAbilities learn to swim program. The SwimAbilities Instructor Course prepares instructors to apply level 2 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach candidates with special needs requiring additional support for skill development and safety routines.
Prerequisite(s):  Holds a current Swim or Lifesaving Instructor.
Reminder to all Trainers (formerly: Instructor Trainers)
All current Trainers must attend a Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic by December 31, 2018. There is one remaining Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic scheduled for 2018 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.
NWT In-Person Leadership Recertification Course & Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic
October 22-24, 2018
NWT Zone (Host: City of Yellowknife - Multiplex ~ PSAV meeting room & Ruth Inch Memorial Pool) 
Leadership Recertification and Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic Registration Information

In-Person Leadership Recertification Course & Trainer Mandatory Update Clinic
November 16-18, 2018
Edmonton Zone ( Host: City of Edmonton - ACT Community Recreation Centre)
Public Education
2018 Drowning Reports
All 2018 Drowning Reports are now posted on the website including the Canadian Drowning Report, Alberta Drowning Report and Northern Canada Drowning Report. View all the current reports on our website.
National Drowning Prevention Week
National Drowning Prevention Week was July 15-21, 2018.
22 National Drowning Prevention Week proclamations were issued from communities across Alberta and in the Northwest Territories!
Communities and aquatic facilities across the province hosted various National Drowning Prevention Week events and were very active on social media promoting and sharing Water Smart key messages. Thank you for all your efforts and support!
Here is a photo of an amazing NDPW display in Fort McMurray at the Syncrude Aquatic Centre.

New Lifejacket Loaner Station - CFB Edmonton
CFB Edmonton officially opened their new Lifejacket Loaner Station during National Drowning Prevention Week. The loaner station is located in the Military Family Resource Centre. Families can borrow lifejackets in every size. Military carpenters constructed a return box whereby lifejackets can be safely returned after use.

Photo caption: Pictured in the photo from left to right: Cpl Wallace and Sierra Wallace, Ken Brunton and Mandy Fisher

New Lifejacket Loaner Stations - Henderson Lake Park and Nicholas Sheran Park, Lethbridge

Henderson Lake Park and Nicholas Sheran Park (both in Lethbridge), recently shared photos of their new lifejacket loaner stations. This is a great community project supported by both the City of Lethbridge and YMCA of Lethbridge.

Member Services
Fall Forum - Save the Date
The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch invites you to join us for an exciting day of presentations during the 2018 Fall Forum which will be held on Friday, October 19 in Edmonton. More details and registration will be announced shortly including details about the Safety Management Training Institute which will be held the same weekend.

Safety Management
Updated Safety and Supervision Plan Template
On January 1, 2018 an amended version of Swimming Pool Standards went into effect in Alberta. The Lifesaving Society has updated our Safety and Supervision Plan Template to align with the regulations and standards in the Alberta Pool Standards January 2018 Amendment and to include minor editorial changes for clarity.  Aquatic facility owners and their agents may download the Second Edition of the Safety and Supervision Plan Template from the Lifesaving Society website .
This standardized template will assist aquatic facility owners and their agents in developing a comprehensive safety and supervision plan for their facility. Examples of content have been included throughout the document to assist in the creation of the plan.
Aquatic facilities who require supports for safety management including creating, updating, or implementing a Safety and Supervision Plan are encourage to contact the Society.

Lifesaving Sport
2018 Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships
Registration for the CSLC which will be held August 24-26, 2018 at Centre touristique du Lac-Simon, Quebec is now open. Please see the registration package . This package is also available on the Lifesaving Society national website. Complete registration forms must be received at the latest on Sunday August 12, 2018. No late registrations will be accepted.

Lifesaving Sport Club Annual Start-Up

Sport Clubs who do not receive the Annual Club Start-Up email or Communique sent today, August 1, should contact the Lifesaving Society at:

If you have any questions or require supports about the Annual Club Start-Up, please call 780-415-1755 or email:

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: