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Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters Grants

Drowning prevention is a high priority in our province. The Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters, its affiliated member organizations together with the Province of Manitoba make grants available to community organizations who want to help reduce drownings by improving water safety in their communities. Apply for a one-time grant for up to two thousand five hundred ($2,500.00) dollars for your drowning prevention initiative. Click here for more information. Deadline: October 28, 2016.

Manitoba Program Guide, August 2016 Edition, Released


The Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch has released a revised Manitoba Program Guide (August 2016 Edition).

The August 2016 edition incorporates changes communicated to Instructors, Instructor Trainers, and Affiliates over the past several months. These include revisions to National Lifeguard Instructor and Examiner policies, clarifications on minimum teaching time for courses, ownership of test sheets returned to the office, and first aid/CPR time guideline clarifications.

Please contact Kathy Plett, Program Coordinator at (204) 956-2124 with any questions.

#NDPW2016 in the Media

The Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch has been active on social media throughout National Drowning Prevention Week. We have also been well supported by the local media. CBC Manitoba ran Tips for a safe summer at popular Manitoba swimming holes and shared drowning-prevention messages from the Lifesaving Society and the RCMP. CTV National News ran a clip called Guarding against drowning that featured our own Carl Shier, Manitoba Branch Chief Executive Officer. We will continue to update our website throughout the week. Share your National Drowning Prevention Week actions by using the hashtags #NDPW2016 and #SNPN2016.

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2016 Canadian Drowning Report Released

The Lifesaving Society Canada and the Drowning Prevention Research Centre have released the Canadian Drowning Report 2016 Edition. The report is available in English and in French.

The most recent data available from the Chief Coroner’s and Medical Examiner’s offices reveal that the significant longterm progress in reducing death by drowning in Canada has continued. After a spike in the number of water-related fatalities in 2012 (495), the number dropped to 466 in 2013. An average of 473 people drowned each year in the most current five-year period (2009-2013), down from an average of 481 per year in 2004-2008

Download the Canadian Drowning Report 2016 Edition