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WCDP 2017 - Upcoming Events in Vancouver, BC

From October 17 -19, Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, Canada will be hosting the ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention, one of the largest international events for water safety, drowning prevention and rescue. The upcoming conference will aggregate world-leading experts and researchers, showcasing the latest information and systems for improved life-saving strategies in aquatic environments. Join us for a series of intensive and thought-provoking conferences and events, including receptions, workshops, meetings and dinners - and help save lives across the world.

Browse through our events below, or contact a WCDP event manager at info@wcdp2017.org for more information.

Welcome Reception hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies

  • Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Location: Westin Bayshore
  • Room: Salon DEF

Please join us for an evening of discussion and networking. By invitation only.

Improving Drowning Data Workshop 2017

  • Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Location: Westin Bayshore
  • Room: Chairman Room

This workshop is designed to inform, engage and further teach participants about drowning data collection, analysis and reporting with a focus on student-run projects. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of drowning data, its uses and challenges, while further exploring drowning research from the perspective of how can it be used for prevention.

  • Cost: $50/person
  • Includes: Morning and Afternoon coffee breaks
  • Presenting Authors: Dr. Richard Franklin and Amy Peden

Conference Dinner

  • Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: Westin Bayshore
  • Room: Bayshore Grand Ballroom

Tickets are limited and going fast! Do not miss this opportunity to network with other international delegates, enjoy a 3-course meal and lively entertainment planned for this special event.

Last day to purchase dinner tickets is Friday, October 13, 2017.

Cost: $100 + GST

Additional Events

International Drowning Research Alliance (IDRA) Workshop for Emerging Drowning Researchers

  • Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: Westin Bayshore
  • Room: Bayshore Grand Ballroom

Young researchers often embark with a lot of passion and commitment in a research initiative only to find out after several weeks, months or even years that all efforts have led to (almost) nothing. This is a waste of time, but also a loss of potential manpower notably for future research in a time that demands for more drowning research. A rather common pattern in this frustrating process can be recognized. This workshop does not provide all the solutions. Most of all by interaction, the participation in the workshop intends to make the young researcher aware of the common pitfalls before and during the execution of their first research.

This workshop is therefore most of all aimed at the novice researcher who is interested to initiate research related to drowning or has difficulties in progressing with already initiated research. In an interactive manner some of the most relevant aspects to prepare drowning research will be discussed. The participants will be challenged to include their personal experiences and examples.

Faculty consist of experienced researchers with a recognized track record in drowning related research and publications.

The learning objectives of the workshop are:

  • 1. To understand how personal motivation influences the obstacles and success factors of drowning research – David Szpilman
  • 2. To understand the optimal timing and relationship between research preparation, execution and publication – Joost Bierens
  • 3. To understand how to prioritize in a dynamic fashion the most significant aspects of the research process – Richard Franklin
  • 4. To understand the optimal relationship between research question, research data and research outcome – Mike Tipton
  • 5. To understand the importance of the instrumental involvement of the drowning research environment – Roberto Barcala-Furelos

Discussion moderators: Catarina Queiroga, Jonathon Webber, Justin Sempsrott.

RLSS UK Emerging Leaders Workshop

Dates: Monday, October 16, 2017, Friday, October 20, 2017 and Saturday, October 21, 2017 Location: Hampton Inn Sixty percent of the Commonwealth’s population are under 30 years old. These people are not only the future of a successful Commonwealth; they are already active participants in shaping that future. As the Royal Life Saving Society strives to achieve our vision that “No person in the Commonwealth should drown”, it is essential that we provide these young people with the leadership skills they need to face the challenges of achieving that vision. In support of that objective, we are delighted to announce our second Emerging Leaders Workshop in conjunction with the World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.

RLSS UK Emerging Leaders Workshop

  • Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Time: 7:30am – 5:15pm
  • Location: Westin Bayshore Hotel

Boost your knowledge and skills, engage in hot topic conversations, and participate in the culture of water safety. This practical, information-packed and skill-oriented full day workshop is designed for aquatic facility practitioners and managers who aspire to stay on top of the aquatic trends and industry standards.

Join pool operators, lifeguards and instructors, pool maintenance staff, aquatic and recreation facility managers and supervisors, safety instructors and advanced aquatic instructors for a full day of learning with local and international peers and experts!


  • ● Lifesaving Society Canada’s Fall Conference
  • ● Red Cross Canada National Meetings
  • ● RLSS Commonwealth Meetings
  • ● International Lifesaving Federation Annual Meetings
  • ● United States Lifesaving Federation Annual Meetings
  • ● United States Lifesaving Federation Annual Meetings