Basic swimming ability is a fundamental requirement in any
meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada.
The Lifesaving Society offers training programs from
learn-to-swim through advanced lifesaving, lifeguarding and
leadership. Contact your local municipal pool, Y, summer
camp, school, college or university.
Before establishing the Lifesaving Society, Willam Henry and
Archibald Sinclair first asked the Royal Humane Society to
undertake water rescue instruction using its own organization and
staff. There was little interest. Henry and Sinclair then
approached the Amateur Swimming Association, which formed a
committee but nothing further was done. Undeterred, Henry and
Sinclair convened a meeting on January 3, 1891, at Anderton's Hotel
in London, of seven persons interested in everything that pertained
to swimming. This was the nucleus of the worldwide
organization that was to become the worldwide Lifesaving
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