The Lifesaving Club of Markham (LCM) is a City based Lifesaving club that engages youth in physical activity and participation in lifesaving sport. Led by the City of Markham’s Sport Development team the club-based program focuses on keeping youth active in the community and building a sense of belonging while learning lifesaving skills. Through lifesaving sport, the Lifesaving Society seeks to engage and inspire youth in our drowning prevention mission. LCM members will develop lifesaving skills, and engage in active living through participation in regional, provincial and national competitions.
Starting in the fall 2020 season, LCM categories have been updated to better reflect the progressive path for athletes from beginner level to high-performance and competitive levels. See conversion chart to compare previous LCM categories.
Athletes are to sign up for the entire season by registering online. More information on registration dates and deadlines will be shared once available.
Benefits of joining LCM
- Develop increasingly complex skills in swimming, including stroke correction, endurance and speed.
- Promotes overall physical fitness
- Opportunity to compete on a regional, provincial and national levels
- Free access to scheduled lane and recreational swims.
- There are three levels within the LCM program: White, Red, Black, based on age and skill.
- All athletes will complete an assessment to determine the appropriate category to match their skill level.
- Groups for each level are divided based on the athlete’s age at The Ontario Junior Pool Lifesaving Championships (June 19, 2021).
- LCM athletes who compete at national, provincial and invitational level competitions must only represent LCM.
White (entry level)
This is a great introduction to Lifesaving Sport which involves learning lifesaving skills in a competitive setting. Athletes in this group develop fitness and swimming skills including stroke correction, endurance and speed. Lifesaving Sport is a great way to bridge the gap between swimming lessons and leadership courses while also developing stronger swimming abilities, staying fit and having fun. Athletes in this group participate in a minimum of one 1-Hour practice a week with a Lifesaving Coach responsible in assisting the athlete in meeting their fitness goals.
Red (2nd level)
This group consists of athletes ready to take a more serious approach to Lifesaving Sport after being in our White level. Athletes in this group have demonstrated the required swimming abilities as well as the drive to compete at higher level Lifesaving Competitions. Practices at this level are much more challenging and demand a higher commitment level to better meet the athlete’s goals at the Provincial Level.
Black (advanced level)
This group consists of athletes looking to perform at the highest level of Lifesaving Competitions both Provincially and Nationally. Practices at this level are extremely demanding, focusing on perfecting swim techniques, as well as racing skills.
This chart shows the comparison between previous LCM levels and the new (@2020 fall season).
|Old Level (pre-Fall 2020)||New Level|
|Junior Division||9U White|
|Junior Competitive||9U White
9U Red with assessment
11U Black with assessment
|Youth Division||10-11 White
|Youth Intermediate||10-11 White
10-11 Red with assessment
|12-13 Red with assessment|
|Youth Competitive||10-11 Black with assessment
12-13 Red with assessment
|12-13 Black with assessment|
|12-13 Red with assessment
14+ Red with assessment
|12-13 Red with assessment
14+ Red with assessment
|12-13 Black with assessment
14+ Black with assessment
|Senior Division||14+ White|
|14+ Red with assessment|
|14+ Black with assessment|
- Ages are defined based on the age of the athlete at Junior Provincials (June of the current season):
- There are three divisions for all age groups: White, Red, Black
We’d love to hear from you! For more information, send us an email: LCM@markham.ca.
LCM is an award-winning team!
LCM brings home another Provincial win!
Our Lifesaving Club of Markham (LCM) continues to shine on the Provincial stage! The team racked up another win at the 2020 Ontario Senior/Master Lifesaving Pool Championship, March 7-8! Led by @coach.brybry, the team of athletes ranging in ages 14-61, continued their winning streak by achieving the overall championship banner for the meet. Congratulations to all of you!
LCM kicks off 2020 with another Provincial win!
The LCM had another amazing showing at the 2020 Ontario Lifeguard Provincial championship, February 8-9, placing first overall out of six clubs! Additionally, the team placed 1st, 2nd, 5th out of 9 in the 4 person category and 1st out of 7 in the 2 person category. We are incredibly proud of this team and how well they represent the best of Markham in Lifesaving Sport. Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches!
Back: Ben Ngo, Evan Fong, Brandon Chu
Middle: Sarah Monaco, Trinity Tanuan, Sandrine Ah-Kim, Elana Moeini-Azad, Subakarie Muraleetharan, Tiffany Ho, Bryan Tsang
Front: Alyssa Arcaina, Samuel Musiala, Manuel Espiritu, Mark Jonathan Arenas
2019 Banner Year for LCM!
In 2019, LCM achieved five, 1st place overall championships. Congratulations to all athletes and coaches!
LCM Athlete Spotlight
Samantha Su, started with the Lifesaving Club of Markham (LCM) when she was just 10 years old and since then has evolved into an experienced Lifesaving Sport athlete.
Led by the City of Markham’s Sport Development team, LCM – a club-based program – follows the principles of the Lifesaving Society and focuses on keeping youth active in the community, building a sense of belonging and learning lifesaving skills. This is why Su has been a long-standing member of LCM. What she loves most about the sport is it offers more than just swimming skills including prevention of drowning and water-related injury and so much more. According to Su, these skills come in handy when she is on duty as a lifeguard.
Su is a well-rounded athlete who insists on staying constantly busy. While the COVID-19 quarantine may have slowed down all of us, Su kept busy catching up on reading and learning to play the guitar. She also managed to do some fitness classes via Zoom as well as training on the beach, paddle boarding and running. When things return to the new normal, she hopes to be back playing rep softball and practicing with her band mates, when she’s not training with LCM. Keeping busy is Su’s motto!
In the fall, she is heading to Western University but plans on staying connected to LCM as much as possible. She’ll be spending time in residence at Western but also plans on rejoining her LCM teammates each time she comes back to Markham.