Lifesaving Athlete Information


Any athletes enrolled in an affiliate club running Lifesaving Society Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC) programming is welcome to participate in sanctioned competition. Athletes need not compete in sanctioned competition and may remain at the program level.  

Athletes wanting to compete must be registered with an affiliate club and may not be register as an unattached competitor. 

To be eligible to compete in Alberta Northwest Territories Championships and sanctioned competition, a competitor must be:

  • An individual member in good standing with the Lifesaving Society;
  • An Alberta Registered Athlete 



Any Lifesaving Society member in good standing is welcome to participate in sanctioned competition in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

All participating athletes must register annually through their respective Affiliate / Lifesaving Club in order to participate in competition. Individual members not associated with a Lifesaving Club may not register as an unattached competitor, they must be registered with an affiliate club.

Alberta and Northwest Territories Registered Athletes are eligible to:

  • Participate in Lifesaving Society sanctioned competition and other competitive opportunites (i.e training camps)
  • Compete in the AB/NWT Provincial Pool Lifesaving Championships
  • Compete in Canadian Pool and Surf Lifesaving Championships
  • Compete in the Interclub or Masters World Lifesaving Championships
  • Represent Team Canada at the World Lifesaving Championships, RLSS Commonwealth Pool Lifesaving Championships and other international competitions.

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Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

Lifesaving Sport is an activity for life, participated in by young and old. Hundreds of Canadians participate in some form of this sport every day. Lifesaving has a place for anyone who loves to swim, run, paddle or save lives.

The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model provides a framework to ensure that Lifesaving Sport continues to grow. LTAD principles help to build the athletic ability of Lifesaving Sport athletes by developing a foundation of fundamental movement skills, as well as, by introducing fitness and lifesaving sport skills at the appropriate biological and chronological age.

With ever increasing obesity rates in Canada and the associated health costs, it is imperative to encourage lifelong participation in physical activity to ensure the health of our nation. Lifesaving Sport can play an important role, not only as a catalyst to sport, but in the ongoing education of Canadians in drowning prevention. By improving physical literacy, the LTAD model will help to develop lifelong ambassadors in physical activity, sport participation and public aquatic safety.

If we want to encourage our children to participate in sport and lifelong physical activity, we need to build Lifesaving Society programs around LTAD principles that respect the developmental needs of all children.

For Lifesaving Sport to remain successful and competitive the sport must continue to grow and evolve. What can we do to improve our performances and make our lifesaving programs consistently stronger year after year?How and to what extent does the existing system enhance athlete and coach development?How does it hinder?Where can we improve?LTAD will guide us in analyzing the Canadian Lifesaving Sport program; to highlight its gaps and shortcomings, and to aid in developing solutions. The implementation of the LTAD principles will enable Lifesaving Sport in Canada to excel, and keep our athletes competitive throughout the world.




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