The family of a man who drowned at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre last year is suing the city.

Muhammad Ali, 27, died on June 8, 2012 after lifeguards found him unresponsive at the bottom of the competitive pool during a public swim.

The family makes a series of allegations in a statement of claim filed at Court of Queen's Bench. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

In the seven-page document, the family claims that the lifeguards on duty had been distracted by a swimmer who had fainted on the diving platform. Further, they claim that the lifeguards were also poorly positioned to monitor the pool properly.

They also say the markers at poolside didn't properly identify the depth.

Ali's family is asking for combined damages of $120,000, plus special damages in amount to be proven at trial.