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Upcoming Events

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 
May 16, 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 Trainers)
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
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)
Public Education
National Drowning Prevention Week
Mark your calendars! National Drowning Prevention Week is July 15-21, 2018. We are busy preparing resources to support our Affiliates to promote this signature event and raise awareness about drowning prevention. Please stay tuned for more information which will be released shortly including a Social Media Plan and NDPW Proclamation Template and Letter. If you are planning an event, please be sure to let us know if you require Buddy the Lifeguard Dog and order Water Smart public education  resources .
New Lifejacket Loaner Station
The YMCA of Medicine Hat opened a new Lifejacket Loaner Station on May 11. The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat provided a generous donation to support the purchase of lifejackets. Their lifejacket loaner station is unique as it is an indoor loaner station. The public may borrow lifejackets of all sizes at no cost, to use for all water activities (swimming, boating, etc.) and then return them to the YMCA of Medicine Hat after use.

Member Services
New Water Smart Coordinators
The Society is excited to have two new Water Smart Coordinators join our team for the summer, Jenna Kutash and Jenika Kopala. The Water Smart Coordinators will support Branch operations, working with fellow staff members to support Water Smart education and community activations. In addition, the Water Smart Coordinators will be assisting with program administration, training coordination and delivery, and collaboration with regional training centres. The Water Smart Coordinators can be reached at:         
Office Closure
Please be advised that the Lifesaving Society office will be closed at Noon on Friday, May 18 and for Victoria Day on Monday, May 21, 2018.
Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Grant
Communities and organizations can apply for funding to support new, expanded or renewed community centres and hubs, amateur sport, cultural and recreational installations and facilities.  Apply here.   The deadline is August 1, 2018.
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: 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Thank You to Our Bronze Revisions Pilot Sites!
We would like to sincerely thank all of our affiliates who participated in the Bronze Medal Revisions Pilot program this past fall and winter. The pilot program is now complete. The Lifesaving Society has gained valuable information thanks to their participation.
The following affiliates participated in the Bronze Medal Revisions Pilot program:
  • City of Calgary
  • City of Edmonton
  • Town of Claresholm
  • Town of Lac La Biche
  • Town of Okotoks
  • Town of Peace River
  • City of Red Deer
  • City of St. Albert
  • University of Alberta
  • Westside Recreation Centre
  • West Edmonton Mall
  • Calgary YMCA
  • YMCA of Northern Alberta
Lifesaving Sport
Calgary and Edmonton Lifesaving Sport 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.

Calgary Lifesaving Sport Camps REGISTER

Edmonton Lifesaving Sport Camps REGISTER

For more information, please contact

Facility Location
Saturday, June 16
Session 1
Auburn Bay (Calgary)
1:30 pm -4:30 pm
Sunday, June 17
Session 2
Auburn Bay (Calgary)
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Facility Location
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

World Games - 2021 Birmingham, USA
The next World Games will take place in Birmingham, Alabama. The World Games take place every four years in the year following each Olympic Summer Games. The last World Games was held in Wroclaw, Poland in July 2017. More than 25 non-Olympic sports, including Life Saving, are showcased and feature 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries competing for gold in more than 180 medal events. The organizer is the International World Games Association (IWGA), founded in 1980.  The World Games are held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The events are complementary in nature, as The World Games features sports or disciplines that are not included in the Olympic program.   
2018 Lifesaving World Championships - Adelaide, Australia
The Lifesaving Society is calling for applications from athletes to attend the LWC 2018.
Dates: November 16 - December 2, 2018
The National Teams competition is a main event during the Lifesaving World Championships (website: ), to which Canada will send one Open Team and one Youth Team.
The selection criteria are consistent with International Lifesaving Society (ILS) rules and eligibility criteria at the time of their publication and may be subject to change. The National Sport Commission will make reasonable efforts to advise athletes if it becomes aware of a change that to rules that would in turn impact these selections criteria.
Selection of the remaining Open Team male and 8 remaining Youth athletes (4 female, 4 male) will be announced on June 3rd, 2018. To be considered for the positions being named in June 2018, eligible athletes must submit an email of intent highlighting interest to join this delegation and their birthdate by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on June 2, 2018, to Brian Miess, Technical Leaders Committee Chair at .
For further information or clarification, please contact Laura Tracey, High Performance Manager at .
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: