Who We Are

Our Board

Paul Wechselberger

 It has been an honour to lead the Lifeguard Outreach Society from an idea into reality.  With so many amazing volunteers and communities supporting our vision we have moved mountains to prevent drownings across Canada.  I believe the LGOS mission is greater than simply teaching swimming survival, safe rescue, and resuscitation skills.  Our organization bridges social and cultural gaps.  We volunteers share our prevention and mitigation skills with isolated communities who in turn share with us their culture, community, homes, and summer with us. As director I place youth, innovation, service, and tenacity above all as I lead the Lifeguard Outreach Society. 

Payton Vermey

 Payton is a Computer Science and Business student at Thompson Rivers University. He is The Lifeguard Outreach Society's main Lifesaving Instructor who has been developing our teaching protocols and course concept delivery. Payton is a veteran lifeguard and outstanding instructor whose energy and passion for teaching the Swim to Survive program makes him an irreplaceable part of our team. 

Ryan Scorgie

 Ryan has been involved in aquatics for over 17 years in all capacities from lifeguard to instructor and now as legal counsel for the Lifesaving Society of British Columbia and the Yukon. Community development and aquatics has always been a passion for him. He brings a legal background which provides a unique understanding of the lifesaving industry and the corporate business industry. Coming from a small northern community Ryan has a strong connection with the need to provide aquatic training for those who need it most. 

Dr. Adnan Bhatti

 Dr. Adnan Bhatti is a Canadian Doctor working in the UK finishing his residency before he returns to Canada.  He has been an essential member of the Lifeguard Outreach Society proving his connections to Canadian youth organizations and providing structural administration and medical imput. He has experience working with Free the Children in Canada and in Kenya.  He was a key researcher in a paper on the implementation of minimally invasive esophagectomy at Surrey Memorial Hospital.  His medical training and passion for public heath are assets to our society. 

Mike Pintea

 It is my privilege to serve any cause that seeks to improve the human condition. The Lifeguard Outreach Society combines the preservation of life -  the most noble of causes - with education, which is the well spring of all good things. I have always believed that resources, financial and otherwise, ought to be made available to youth on a priority basis. Our collective future is based on what we invest in our children and knowledge is the greatest investment. I applaud Paul for establishing this wonderful initiative and I encourage all people to help this Society and the young in any way they can. The accumulation of wealth is attractive and potentially addictive but in the end, the only meaningful currency is life itself and hopefully some quality of life. Drowning is a far to common cause of death and if enough children can be taught how to have good judgment and skills regarding the dangers of water - the most common substance on Earth - countless lives can be saved. With the right knowledge, children can preserve their own lives and go on to share what they have learned with their children and others. 

Our Partners

The Sears Family - Camilla, Ben, and Charlotte

Tenisci Piva Chartered Professional Accountants

Forward Law LLP
BC Hydro

Royal Lifesaving Society

Right to Play

Tofino Pool Society


DB Perks & Associates Ltd


Mountain Equipment Coop 

Roots Canada

Pender Island Kayaks

Tait Consulting

Vancouver Park Board

Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary

Regional District of Clearwater

Regional District of Strathcona 

 Empower "U" A Workforce Training Company INC.

City of Surrey