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Our History

The Vancouver Lifeguard Association (VLA) is a non-profit organization founded in the summer of 2003 with a mandate to create awareness of water safely, and to create opportunities for education, training and volunteerism.  Running every summer for the last 14 years, the VLA Beach Alert Junior Lifeguard Camps have provided a fun and exciting program for hundreds of children and youth with a focus on water safety, first aid, leadership and team building.  In addition to the Beach Alert Camps the VLA has extended the Junior Lifeguard program with the Vancouver Junior Lifeguard Club. The VJLC Ospreys train and compete at Kerrisdale, Lord Byng and Hillcrest pools in Vancouver.

These VLA programs have provided opportunities for candidates to become assistant instructors and full instructors with some going on to hold senior positions as head lifeguards within the Vancouver Outdoor Beach/ Pool system as well as with other municipalities in the Lower Mainland area.  In addition to education and training, VLA members, have provided lifeguards and safety equipment to a number of open water races in the Greater Vancouver including the Vancouver Open Water Swim Association (VOWSA), the Vancouver Triathlon, Subaru, and ironman Canada races.

The Vancouver Lifeguard Association was created out of passion for keeping people safe in and around the water. The VLA invites everyone to join us with the message that by working together we can not only save lives but create safe, inclusive environments for individuals to become the best versions of themselves.