Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon Branch Newsletter
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In the Summer Issue:

2014 Drowning Report
Drowning Prevention Week
National Public Pool Safety Standards
Liability Insurance
Male Athlete of the Year
Competition Season
The 2014 Drowning Prevention Week Activity guide is now available online. 

2014 British Columbia and Northern Canada Drowning Reports

In BC between 2007 and 2011, 389 drownings occurred. In these most recent Coroner’s data collection years, the average drowning rate in British Columbia decreased by 14%. The average water-related fatality rate for 2007-2011 was 1.8 per 100,000 population, down from 2.1 in the previous five-year period. This decrease can partially be accounted for by a dramatic dip in drownings in 2011. In 2011, there were 59 water-related fatalities in British Columbia, the fewest in the last 10 years.
Download the BC Drowning Report here.
Northern Canadians face unique challenges and experience higher rates of death by certain causes. Mortality rates reported by Statistics Canada for unintentional injuries in the territories are substantially higher than those in the provinces. Additionally, large proportions of the population in Nunavut (86%), the Northwest Territories (52%), and the Yukon (23%) consist of Aboriginal peoples, and injury is a leading cause of death among this population. Health Canada has identified drowning as the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in many Aboriginal communities.  
Download the Northern Drowning Report here. 

For more Drowning Reports visit our website

National Public Pool Safety Standards 

The Lifesaving Society Canada has published the new National Public Pool Safety Standards for Canadian Public Swimming Pools which is available online.   

In Canada, most provincial/territorial jurisdictions have regulations or guidelines for public aquatic facilities. The standards presented in this publication are designed to provide guidance to public pool owners and operators on matters not addressed in regulation or guidelines in their own jurisdictions, and assist aquatic staff in operating safe facilities. 

Lifesaving Society standards are based on extensive research of existing standards, guidelines and best practices at home and abroad. Lifesaving Society standards represent the reasonable minimum; pool operators are encouraged to go beyond them. 

Liability Insurance

We have two types of liability insurance with $2 million in coverage for our members; Lifeguard and First Aid Instructor.  The policies run from May 26th, 2014 (or when purchased) to May 25th, 2015.   The Lifeguard policy is $170 and the First Aid Instructor policy is $260 (or both for $330), you can apply online or call the office and we will email you an application.
Please note: your certifications must be current during the term of the policy.

Male Athlete of the Year!

BC & Yukon Branch would like to congratulate Will Walters on winning Male Athlete of the Year awarded by the Lifesaving Society Canada.   Will has been competing for over 12 years and for the national team for 8.  He has participated in the RLSS Commonwealth Lifesaving Championship and Lifesaving World Championship including being selected for Rescue 2014 in France.  According to Will “Were it not for Lifesaving sport I would no longer be a lifeguard. I appreciate the skills it has given me”.  


Victoria Lifeguard Competition, July 5
Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Coquitlam Lifeguard Competition, July 12
City Centre Aquatic Complex

Schon Cup Beach Championship, July 19
Kitsilano Beach

Langley Lifeguard Competition, August 9
Walnut Grove Community Centre

Abbotsford Lifeguard Competition, August 16
Matsqui Recreation Centre

Barnsley Branch Championship, August 22 and 23
Brock Pool, Kamloops

For more information on the competitions and to see past results visit the competition section of our website
Find a Course! Click  to find a course or recert in your area! 

Find a Member!
Check your Lifesaving Society certifications online using your member #
Find a Job!
Click to view  aquatic employment and volunteer opportunities 
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