About the Lifesaving Society


The Lifesaving Society – Canada’s Lifeguarding Experts – is a national charity working to prevent drowning and water-related injuries. Lifesaving training programs, Water Smart® public education, water incident research, safety management services and lifesaving sport are just some of the ways we save lives and prevent personal injury.

What We Do

National Lifeguard: Canada's Only National Lifeguarding Standard

Lifesaving Education

Through Swim for Life, the Canadian Lifesaving Program and First Aid and CPR programs, Manitobans develop personal swimming and survival skills together with water rescue and first aid knowledge. Take a course today!

Lifeguard Education and Training

The National Lifeguard award sets the standard for lifeguard training in Canada. It is listed in the Manitoba Public Health Act as one of the legal requirements to be a lifeguard in Manitoba. This program focuses on the professional responsibility required to prevent drowning and water-related incidents, and to rescue others. The NLS award is the only nationally recognized lifeguard-training program in Canada.

Leadership Training

Instructors, examiners and instructor trainers provide leadership for the Society’s lifesaving, lifeguarding, first aid and CPR programs in communities throughout the province.

Public Education

Recognizing that many people never enroll in swimming or lifesaving programs, the Society created its Water Smart® campaign to deliver personal water safety information and lifesaving education to Manitobans. The Northern and Remote Water Smart® Project brings personal swimming & survival skills, boat operator training and first aid training to northern and remote communities in Manitoba. Learn more about how you can be Water Smart!


The Society conducts research in areas that support and lead to improvements in its program education and public education initiatives. Since 1992, the Society has researched and reported on drownings and unintentional water-related deaths nationally. The Society uses this information to analyze the drowning problem in detail and to better understand what needs to be done to reduce the number of drownings in Manitoba. The results are published in our drowning reports.


The Society provides advice to education, recreation, health and government agencies that oversee aquatic recreation and first aid certification and training in Manitoba. In addition, Society representatives may act as expert witnesses at coroners’ inquest and in court cases.

Lifeguard Competitions

Lifeguard competitions are one of the best forms of professional development for lifeguards and are a fun way to practice skills. Competitions include a wide variety of activities such as first aid, water rescue, victim assessment, relays and emergency situations.

Lifesaving Society Manitoba
100-383 Provencher Blvd
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2H 0G9
Phone: (204) 956-2124
Fax: (204) 944-8546


Monday to Thursday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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Branch Staff

  • Carl Shier – Chief Executive Officer
  • Kevin Tordiffe – Operations Manager
  • Dorothy Melynchuk – Administrative Assistant
  • Kathy Plett – Program Coordinator
  • Christopher Love – Water Smart Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Elizabeth Proskurnik – Chair
  • Mikaela Garfinkel – Treasurer
  • Monica Chorney – Director
  • Rishona Hyman – Director
  • Sarah Painter – Director
  • Jon Sorokowski – Director
  • Wendy Yates – Director

Branch Support

  • Dr. Kelvin Williamson – Medical Advisor
  • Keith Labossière – Legal Counsel
  • Corporal Andy Pulo – RCMP Liaison
  • Sergeant Rob Riffel – Winnipeg Police Service Liaison

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