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July 19-25 is National Drowning Prevention Week

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Every year many drownings occur while engaged in aquatic activities - where people intended on being in the water, but something went wrong.

Key Messages:

  • Drowning is Preventable: Over 400 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.

  • Watch me, not your phone: Always actively supervise children around the water - distractions are deadly.

  • Be Boat Smart - Wear a Lifejacket: Choose It. Use It. Always wear a lifejacket when in a boat.

  • Learn to Swim to Survive: Everyone should have the right to learn swim survival skills. If you don’t know how to swim take a Swim to Survive class.

  • Swim with a buddy: Take a buddy and look out for each other, its what friends do.

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

  • 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.

Know the facts:

  • 20% of people drowned unexpectedly and 2/3 occur in open water.

  • Many drowning deaths happen when swimming alone.

  • If you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far! Always actively supervise children.

  • Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60+ years of age.

  • The age groups with the highest risk of drowning are young adults 20-34 years of age, baby boomers 50-64 years of age and seniors over 65 years of age. Children under the age of 5 are also at risk.

  • Most commonly victims of drowning are male, especially those between 20-34 years of age

Open Water Messages

  • Know before you go! Check weather and water conditions before heading out.

  • Know what’s below! Protect your neck. Go feet first into water the first time. Never dive into shallow water.

  • Substance use and swimming don’t mix.

  • Lifejackets don’t work if you don’t wear them or wear them correctly.

Lifesaving Society Alberta and NWT adapted for July 23, 2020 12:10 PM

B Adair, Manager


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