Lifesaving Society Manitoba

The Lifesaving Society is 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, aquatic safety management services, lifesaving sport and water incident research.

Founded in 1911, Lifesaving Society Manitoba has been proudly saving lives and educating Manitobans about water safety for over 100 years. We train all of Manitoba’s National Lifeguards.


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!

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Lifesaving Staff

  • Stacey Grocholski – Executive Director
  • Kathy Plett – Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Christopher Love – Water Smart® & Safety Management Coordinator
  • Lorne Edwards – Media Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Sarah Painter – Chair and National Member Representative
  • Mikaela Garfinkel – Treasurer
  • Kristen Olson – Director
  • Kayla Saarinen – Director and National Board Member
  • Jon Sorokowski – Director
  • Ashley Walus – Director
  • Pete Whittington – Director

Annual Report

We have included activity highlights from our previous year in the 2020 Annual Report.

Previous annual reports are also available: 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010

Annual General Meeting

We invite all Lifesaving Society members to our Annual General Meeting, held in the spring. Anyone who holds Lifesaving Instructor, Examiner, Trainer or National Lifeguard awards and are 18 or older is a voting member of the Branch.

Notification of Annual General Meeting

April 26, 2021 – 6:00 PM

Lifesaving Society Manitoba’s Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 6:00 PM.

As required by the Society’s By-Laws, notification is being sent to all members and supporters of the Society.  The purpose of this meeting will be to:

– Update the membership on the status of the Society.
– Review the 2020 audited financial statements.
– Appoint an auditor for the 2021 fiscal year.
– Elect directors to positions on the Board of Directors.

Members and supporters interested in attending the meeting are required to RSVP.  Please click here to RSVP.

Once you RSVP, an information package will be sent approximately one week in advance of the meeting.  This package will include the online meeting link, AGM Agenda, 2020 Annual Report, and the 2020 Audited Financials Statements. These documents are available for consultation below:

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