Wednesday, June 30, 2010

City wins water safety awards

The City of Calgary has won four awards for “preventing drowning and water-related injury” by the Lifesaving Society, a charitable organization who train lifeguards to prevent water injury.

“It is through the dedicated efforts of many Lifesaving Society trained instructors and NLS lifeguards across Alberta and the Northwest Territories that people can access our programs and services in their community,” says Rob Campbell, President of the Lifesaving Society. “By taking Lifesaving Society education and training, people learn to be safe around water and are able to respond to emergencies as well as lead healthy active lives.”

Each year, the Lifesaving Society presents Affiliate Recognition Awards to acknowledge contributions to the Society’s drowning and injury prevention goals.

This year the Lifesaving Society presented four Lifesaving Society Affiliate Recognition Awards to the City of Calgary for accumulated the highest point total for teaching specific Lifesaving Society education and training programs within an Alberta or Northwest Territory community of over 100,000.
  1. Class 1: In recognition as our top performer Affiliate for teaching all Lifesaving Society education and training programs.
  2. Class 16: In recognition of teaching our learn-to-swim program – Swim for Life.
  3. Class 17: In recognition of teaching our suite of first aid training programs.
  4. Class 19: In recognition of training National Lifeguard Service (NLS) certified lifeguards.
The awards were presented at the Lifesaving Society’s Annual General Meeting and Branch Recognition Event on Friday, June 18th at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre.

The Lifesaving Society, Canada’s lifeguarding experts, is a national charity working to prevent drowning and water-related injury. They aim to save lives and prevent injury through training programs, Water Smart® public education, water incident research, aquatic safety management, and lifesaving sport.

For more information about the Lifesaving Society, please visit

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