Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon Branch Newsletter June 2013
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In the June issue of the Lifeliner:

Rescue Profile
Lifesaving Instructor Resources
Leadership Committee Call for Members
WaterWise Boat Safety Team
Competition Update
Drowning Update
BC Lions Game in Support of the GA Brown Fund
Langara College Recreation Programs
Rescue Profile
On May 31, 2013, Josh Davis was lifeguarding at  the Castlegar Aquatic Centre when he noticed a candidate from the NLS course floating face down in the middle of a swim lane.  After quickly ensuring that it was not a simulation, Josh entered and recovered the candidate,  who is in his 40s, from the water.  The candidate was unresponsive, breathing agonally, and was cyanotic.  The NLS Instructor, Bronwen Wetter immediately started compressions while Josh provided ventilations.  Vanessa Bloodoff and Troy Bingham, the back-up lifeguard and assistant NLS Instructor respectively, retrieved the AED, called EMS and assisted with the resuscitation attempt.  The rescue team delivered one shock to the patient and continued with CPR.  By the time EMS arrived, the victim had regained consciousness and was thanking the rescuers for their efforts.  Congratulations to the Castlegar team and NLS Instructors for their successful rescue!

Lifesaving Instructor Resources

In developing the Bronze Lesson Plans, Candidate Workbooks, and Bronze Rescue Cards, the Lifesaving Society (BC & Yukon Branch) is indebted to the commitment and leadership shown by members of the Leadership Committee ad hoc group: Monica Sicotte (Leadership Chair), Anne Benn (Branch Trainer), Karen Hillmann (Branch Trainer), Ali Asadimofrad, Spencer Dicaire, Martha Donaldson, Ashley French, Melissa Goddard, Donald Grant, Mike Tomsett-Ell, Felix Wong, and Brandon Yen.  

Create your account, or Log in and join the Lifesaving Instructor group to gain access to the new resources! 

Leadership Committee Call for Members
The Leadership Chair (Monica Sicotte) is putting out a call for Members for the 2013/2014 term.  The focus of the new Leadership Committee will be to:
  • Continue the development of LSI resources (such as lesson plans for Canadian Swim Patrol)
  • Work on the launch of the revised Lifesaving Instructor program
  •  Assist in the development of the 2015 LSI/IT Recert clinic
If you are an Instructor and/or Instructor Trainer and are interested in becoming an active committee member, please e-mail Wendy at the Branch office for an application form.   Application deadline is July 8, 2013.

The WaterWise Boat Safety Team has had a very busy start to the summer. With some quick training with the help of the Lifesaving Society and others, we kicked off midway through May with school presentations in and around Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge and Surrey. We spent one week in the Okanagan where we presented to many different schools in Lumby, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. The following week we were back in Vancouver presenting to very large groups of students and getting the WaterWise message out. During the beginning of June we have been on Vancouver Island and presented to schools in Saanich, Royston, Comox and Courtenay. So far, we have presented to approximately 3000 students. Our presentation aims towards showing students the importance of being prepared and taking safety precautions while out on the water or during any trip they take. We get the kids actively involved in the presentations and try to have them spread our message to others around them.

We have been able to make it to 3 events so far. We took part in the “Ready, Set, Wear It!” event in Vanier Park, Vancouver, as the kick-off event for National Safe Boating Awareness Week. We were at “Family Fun Day” in Kelowna in which we had adults and children wearing the “Fatal Vision” goggles to promote safe boating. Last weekend, we were fortunate to take part in the Variety Kids Boat for Hope. We were responsible for safely getting the photographers around on the water. It was a lot of fun and will surely be a highlight of our summer.

We look forward to presenting at kids camps and getting involved in other events this summer. 

Competition Update

The Competition Committee is putting out a call for interest for Key Officials for this year’s Barnsley Shield Branch Championship. If you are interested please contact David Rose, Kim Townschon or anyone on the Competition Committee for an application. Deadline is June 30th.

If you are running a competition this year please submit a sanctioning form to the Branch office.  With sanctioning we are able to help promote your competition throughout the Branch as well as provide some prizes and sponsorship. 

Get your teams ready for the Barnsley Championship.  This year’s Branch championship is being hosted by Hillcrest Centre in the City of Vancouver on August 23 and 24.  Watch for registration information to be released in July.  Everyone is welcome to compete or volunteer – no experience is required.

BC and Yukon Drowning Update

Preliminary data for 2013 shows that there have  been 20 drownings this  year to June 24, 2013.  This is up from last year which saw 13 drownings in the same period.  Also of concern is that 4 of the incidents included multiple drownings, including two gentlemen in their 50s who ended up in the water with PFDs that were not fitted properly.  Although these incidents are tragic, they do get media attention which helps bring the message of drowning prevention into the forefront.  We are looking forward to a safe summer in, on and around the water.

Check out the 2013 Edition of the Canadian Drowning Report!

BC LIONS Game in Support of the GA Brown Fund

BC LionsHelp support the George Brown Memorial Fund by going to a BC Lions game.  The George Brown Memorial Fund presents an annual scholarship and award to recognize an outstanding water-related rescue made by a pre-teen.  The Fund also provides financial support to projects that will improve aquatic safety.  By purchasing tickets to either the July 20th game against the Edmonton Eskimos or the September 15th game against the Montreal Alouettes $3 of each ticket will go to the fund.  To order your tickets or for more information contact Sharon at 604.930.5453.


We are pleased to announce that the Spring 2013 Swim to Survive School Program Grant recipients  have been selected. Over $40,000 will be provided to communities throughout British Columbia including Bella Coola, Delta, Kamloops, Prince George, Surrey, Squamish, Vancouver, Victoria and Williams Lake. Students will learn the essential minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water at no charge thanks to the support of grant funding along with partnerships between schools and aquatic facilities in their communities. This funding translates to training 2500 Grade 3 students from across the province.
The fall deadline for
Swim to Survive School Program Grant Application submissions is October 18th, 2013. Please contact Krystyna Domes at for more information.

Langara College in Vancouver is now recruiting for the September 2013 term of the two-year Recreation Leadership Diploma Program and the new online Bachelor of Recreation Management Program.

The diploma program helps to prepare students for a career in the recreation industry. These classroom-based courses give them leadership, communication, business, program planning and facility operation skills.

Degree students gain greater business knowledge and recreation management skills. Flexible online courses help them apply their knowledge to real-life situations.

Further information on both programs can be found

National Drowning Prevention Week
July 20 to 27
National Lifeguard Instructor Course
July 30, 31, August 1, 2
Hillcrest Aquatic Centre, Vancouver
August 23 & 24
Lifesaving Instructor Trainer
Killarney, Vancouver
October 12, 13, 14
Swim to Survive
Application Deadline Oct 18, 2013
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