About the Society
The Lifesaving Society is a national volunteer organization and registered charity, composed of tens of thousands of individual members and over 2,000 affiliated aquatic facilities, municipalities, waterfronts and schools. Established in England in 1891 as The Swimmers' Life Saving Society, we became the Royal Life Saving Society in 1904. Today, we are known to Canadians simply as the Lifesaving Society.
As Canada's Lifeguard Experts, our mission is to prevent drowning and water related injury through training, public education, and community involvement.
A Canada free from drowning and water-related injury.
These basic values drive our decision making:
Humanitarian principles are the basis of our organization
People are our most important resource
Our organization is dynamic and action orientated
Our organization is based on mutual respect, trust and integrity
Our organization fosters innovation and creativity.
Making Canadians Water Smart®
The Lifesaving Society works with a number of partners to collect information on unintentional water-related deaths in Canada. Each year, we publish The National Drowning Report and provincial drowning reports with our findings. Our annual drowning research focuses our Water Smart® public education efforts on those people most at risk - like men fishing in small boats - or those who can make a significant difference, such as parents of young children.
The work of the Lifesaving Society - Nova Scotia Branch is done largely through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who are supported by a governing body of volunteer Board of Directors members. On behalf of our members, the Lifesaving Society - Nova Scotia Branch acknowledges the continued support of the Government of Nova Scotia through the Office of Health Promotion with the Department of Health & Wellness. Such support is integral to the advancement of organizations such as ours.
Articles and by-laws
The Lifesaving Society Nova Scotia Branch Board of Directors approved the branch’s strategic plan for 2018-2023.