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National Drowning Prevention Week

July 21, 2019 - July 27, 2019

The Lifesaving Society designates the third full week in July as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention. NDPW provides a focus around which community Water Smart® educators can plan news releases, do television and radio interviews, run public demonstrations, deliver public training events, and otherwise promote drowning prevention messages and events. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #NDPW2019.

These main messages were selected from the major risk factors presented in the Canadian Drowning Report – 2018 Edition:

Drowning is Preventable. Approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many. 

Watch me, not your phone. Always directly supervise children around the water – if you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far.

Be Boat Smart – Wear a Lifejacket. Choose It. Use It. Always wear a life jacket or PFD when in a boat.

Learn to Swim to Survive. In most drownings, the victim never intended to go in the water and was often close to safety – could you survive a sudden and unexpected fall into the water?

Swim with a buddy. Make smart choices before going into or out on the water.

Know your limits. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities. Both alcohol and cannabis use impairs judgment, reflexes and balance. Stay sober when in, on or around the water. 

Be Water Smart all year round. You can save a life, yours and someone else’s. Take a learn-to-swim, lifesaving or first aid class today.


July 21, 2019
July 27, 2019

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