High School

With the Lifesaving Society’s various tools and programs, nothing’s easier than teaching aquatic safety and lifesaving at school! It is an excellent way to contribute to drowning prevention while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for the students. Remember that initiating them to lifesaving is opening them the door to one of the best student jobs!

Aquatic safety

The Lifesaving Society is Canada’s leading expert on drowning prevention; aquatic safety has therefore no longer any secret for us! To obtain information and advice that are specific to your needs, email us at alerte@sauvetage.qc.ca, or call us at 514 252-3100 or 1 800 265-3093.

We also encourage you to visit the Perfect Swim Website for the most recent and relevant information regarding safety in residential pools.

Why integrate lifesaving to physical education courses?

Because students:

  • move;
  • learn about the importance of aquatic safety;
  • learn lifesaving concepts that can be used in an emergency situation;
  • learn to save lives and to prevent incidents;
  • can obtain an award that allows them to work as lifeguards.

Integrate lifesaving to physical education courses

There are three ways to integrate lifesaving to physical education courses:

  • Organizing aquatic activities that introduce students to lifesaving by teaching various lifesaving skills and competencies (entries into water, approaching a distressed victim, lifeguarding, self-rescue on ice, etc.).
  • Offering courses from the lifesaving program: you can teach basic courses from the Bronze levels (Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross), which are part of the lifeguards’ training program.
  • Preparing a “challenge”: a challenge is an in-pool practical evaluation that assesses each item and competency; it can lead to the acquisition of an award that allows the student to work as assistant-lifeguard.


Did you know that there are measures put in place to support schools in sports and leisure? The measures allow you to offer certain Lifesaving Society school programs and extracurricular activities. 


Swim to Survive and Swim to Survive + Program 

The Swim to Survive and Swim to Survive + program is a program created by the Lifesaving Society with the aim of preventing drowning and can be used an educational and sporting school trip. 

In addition, the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport offers a subsidy of $25 per student each school year to encourage participation in these programs, because going for a swim is one thing, KNOWING how to swim is quite another! 

To find out more and to complete the participation forms, visit the website https://nagerpoursurvivre.com/en/ 


Budgetary operating rules for the 2021-2022 to 2023-2024 school years 

Mesure 15028—Secondaryextracurricularactivities 

'The measure aims to support secondary education establishments so that they offer free, diversified programming of extracurricular activities to all of their students, promoting the regular practice of physical activities, pleasure, satisfaction, achievement and the development of a feeling of belonging to school, with the aim of encouraging participation, and creating a stimulating living environment conducive to academic perseverance and educational success.' 

Program examples: 

  • Bronze Star 

  • Bronze Medallion 

  • Bronze Cross 

  • National Lifeguard course 


Email address:financement@education.gouv.qc.ca 


Mesure 15200—High School Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training  

‘This measure is used to finance the first aid training activity in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which is compulsory for all students in the 3rd year of secondary school in ordinary classes and specialized classes where students are able to follow the training. It allows schools to hire a CPR first aid training organization to offer training to students or to provide instructor training to at least one volunteer per school so that they can offer training to all the students.'