The sport of lifesaving is the only known sport in the world where participants first learn the skills for a humanitarian purpose and only later use them in competition.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation both recognize the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) as the world governing body for lifesaving sport. The Lifesaving Society represents Canada in ILS and is the governing body for lifesaving sport in Canada. As the governing body for lifesaving sport in Canada, the Lifesaving Society promotes competition as a training incentive and a showcase for the abilities and professionalism of our lifeguards. The Lifesaving Society Canada sport commission manages lifesaving sport for the Lifesaving Society Canada, working together with the 10 member branches across the country.
Competitions are held locally, nationally, and internationally. Every year, the Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch hosts the Manitoba Lifeguard Championship in March/April. Lifesaving Society Canada also hosts national competitions, including the Canadian Lifeguard Emergency Response Championship and the Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championship.