Press Releases

Drowning Report 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

For Immediate Release

Lifesaving Society announces the release of the 2017 Drowning Report

The Lifesaving Society is a National Not-For-Profit organization, solely focused on drowning prevention.  Each year, the Lifesaving Society along with our partners release this report to inform on the issues of drowning related deaths in the province.


Highlights of the Report

  • This year’s report (2017) reports on data up to and including 2014. The delay is due to ensuring accuracy of reporting from coroner’s reports.
  • The highest drowning rate in Manitoba was found among children under the age of 5; and was the highest among any province in Canada.
  • The second highest age group for drownings in Manitoba was ages 20-24, with 3.4 drownings per 100,000 a rate that is nearly double the national rate of 1.8 drownings per 100,000.
  • Swimming, walking/running/playing near water, and boating remain leading causes of drownings in Manitoba and 96% of boating deaths were not wearing a Lifejacket.

The Key Message

Manage your risk.  Take a minute to evaluate the drowning risks you face each day, be it playing at the waterfront with kids, boating, or fishing.  Wear a Lifejacket, supervise children, and remember that alcohol and boating or swimming does not mix.


Kevin Tordiffe,

Operations Manager,

Lifesaving Society Manitoba Branch


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Canadian Coast Guard closures

The Lifesaving Society has produced the follow letter in response to announced closures of Canadian Coast Guard Bases in Gimli, Selkirk, and Lake of the Woods Kenora Ontario.  This letter has been sent addressed to several Members of Parliament and The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.


Friday, June 2, 2017


RE: The closure of Coast Guard Services


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street.
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2



I am writing on behalf of the Lifesaving Society, Canada’s water safety and lifeguard experts. It is with great concern that we hear through the media and social media of the planned closure of Canadian Coast Guard bases in Gimli, Selkirk, and Kenora Ontario.


The Lifesaving Society tracks drowning statistics in Canada and the most recent 5-year trend in drowning fatalities in Manitoba found that the lead cause of death was related to Boating Incidents.


The Canadian Coast Guard provides vital services in navigation and search and rescue in an effort to reduce drowning fatalities from boating.  Navigation services is the act of prevention that must continue, and any reduction to Navigations services will likely lead to a loss of capacity in search and rescue.


I would encourage you to fight for these vital services in Manitoba and Lake of the Woods Kenora Ontario, to ensure the Canadian Coast Guard maintains its presence and actions in drowning prevention.


I offer to meet with you to discuss these issues and others surrounding the importance of drowning reduction, prevention, and water safety education.



Kevin Tordiffe,

Operations Manager

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RLSS Diploma Program

RLSS Diploma Program Relaunched

The Lifesaving Society is pleased to work in conjunction with our partners at the Royal Life Saving Society in promoting the Diploma Program.  This program is designed to promote academic research, program development, and public education in drowning prevention.

This program is the highest achievement award within the Common Wealth for contributions to drowning prevention.

For more information, contact the Manitoba Branch.

Submission documentation is attached below.


RLSS Diploma Submission Document 2016


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About the Lifesaving Society

The Lifesaving Society: Canada's lifeguarding experts. We are a full-service provider of programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning. We save lives and prevent water-related injury through our training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning prevention research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Each year, more than 1,000,000 Canadians participate in the Society's swimming, lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership programs. Learn More