Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon Branch Newsletter October 2013
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In the October issue:

Ripple Effects
Are you Ready Workshop
Barnsley Wrap Up
Rescue Profile
Swim to Survive
BOAT Program Update

2013 Ripple Effects

The 2013 Ripple Effects Workshop is coming up fast.  This year workshop is a full 2 days and has been divided up into 4 streams;
  • Of Interest to All
  • Maintenance
  • Programming
  • Supervisors  
There are also 2 pre-workshop sessions including Are You Ready presented by the Lifesaving Society’s Cheryl Sibany and Gary Sanger.  The other pre-workshop session is a pool tour of Burnaby’s new pool at the Edmonds Community Centre.  This Provincial Aquatic Workshop is only held every two years so make sure you register soon; we’ll see you there!

Are you Ready Workshop

Major aquatic incidents can lead to tragic human suffering and loss and expose an organization to the most significant civil claims it will ever face. This workshop looks at major incident management from the recreation professional’s perspective and provides insight and tools that will help you and your staff prepare, respond and recover from major incidents in your aquatic (and other recreation) facilities as well as prevent future incidents.

The workshop will be run by Cheryl Sibany and Gary Sanger.  Cheryl is the current Chair of Aquatic Management Training, and for over 30 years has been involved with staff training, recreation programming and risk management in municipal, YMCA and private sector settings. She is a Lifesaving Society Provincial Trainer and is presently the Aquatic Coordinator for the Toronto Cricket Club.

Gary Sanger has been employed by the City of Toronto for 28 years and is Supervisor of Aquatics in Toronto & East York District in the Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division. He is the current Vice-President of Aquatic Safety Management Services with the Ontario Branch of the Lifesaving Society and Past President of the Aquatic Branch of Parks and Recreation Ontario. He has travelled extensively across Canada delivering sessions on risk management and the aftermath of catastrophic incidents.

This is a pre-workshop session to the Ripples Effects Aquatics Workshop. It includes a DVD and workbook that will help you implement the program at your facility.   Registration is through BCRPA’s website. 

“Are You Ready?” | Gary Sanger & Cheryl Sibany | 9 am – 12 pm
7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby, BC

Barnsley Wrap Up

Hillcrest Aquatic Centre in Vancouver hosted the 2013 Barnsley Lifeguard Championship on Aug 23 and 24.  The competition was won by Coquitlam based team Senior Resuscitation made up of Chris Cordova, Jennifer Beach, Lauralee Cheng and Gord Macdonnell.

The top rookie team was Team Scrub consisting of Marianna Hadonic, Carson Croy, Cheryl Surya and Albert Wu from Burnaby.  Other notable winners included Steven Reid who won the Stewart Schon Sportsmanship Award and Wade Thoreson, winner of Individual First Aid.  For a complete list of results click here. 

We would also like to thank Kim TownSchon, first time meet manager, and his team for pulling together a successful competition.  The City of Vancouver and the staff at Hillcrest were great hosts, allowing the use of their beautiful facility.  

Finally thanks to Ryan Radford who stepped away from the meet manager role this year and was honoured at the awards banquet.  Ryan continues to support competition in many ways.  Thanks Ryan for your many years of commitment to competition in BC & Yukon.

If you are interested in hosting the Barnsley Championship at your facility (outside the Lower Mainland) or would like more information on competition in the BC & Yukon Branch, please contact us.

Rescue Profile

It was a busy summer for Affiliates under the Lifesaving Society AED Quality Assurance Program (AED-QAP).  In July, lifeguards from Fort St. John attended to an unresponsive male patient in the public washroom of the North Peace Leisure Pool – although no shocks were delivered, the treatment resulted in complete recovery of the patient.  Also in July, lifeguards from the Canada Games Pool in Kamloops rescued a male victim from the water;  staff deployed the AED and successfully resuscitated the young man on the scene. 
The Canada Games Pool lifeguards were at it again in September, rescuing another male from the pool.  Although no shocks were delivered, the treatment provided resulted the patient surviving the incident.  

Congratulations to all NL trained lifeguard staff who saved a life this summer!


Swim to Survive funding is available – it’s not too late to apply. The upcoming application deadline for Swim to Survive School Program Grants is October 18, 2013.

Even though swimming is the second most popular activity in Canada for school-age children between 5 and 12 years old, the Lifesaving Society estimates about half of Canadian children never take formal swimming lessons.

Let’s work together to change the statistics in BC communities. Please contact Krystyna Domes at for more information.

BOAT Program Update

The current BOAT PCO exams expire on December 31, 2013.   All expired BOAT exams must be returned to the office once they have expired.  If you want to continue to offer the program, you can request new exams to be sent in January 2014.  The new exams will be current for 1 year. 

For more information on the BOAT program, please contact David at the Branch office.

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