July 17 to 23 is National Drowning Prevention Week Print Article Font Size

Drowning-Prevention-Week-Poster-2017.jpgThe Town of Golden Recreation Services team reminds you that July 17 to 23 is National Drowning Prevention Week.

Initiated by Canada’s Lifesaving Society, this important annual campaign focuses on public education and drowning prevention with key water safety messages. The goal is to reduce the number of water related fatalities and near drowning incidents across the country.

The team at the Golden Municipal Pool will be spreading this message at Public Swim on Wednesday, July 19th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Led by the pool’s Minister of Recruitment and Education Alex King, this event will include a swim-to-survive competition, a life jacket relay race, and a game simulating an ice rescue. There will be prizes, too, so community members are encouraged to have some fun while learning. Games are best suited for children ages 6 to 13 with good swimming abilities. Children of all ages can participate in the colouring contest which will be happening during the week.

According to lifesavingsociety.com, with nearly 500 fatalities annually, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60 years of age (surpassed only by motor vehicle collisions and poisoning). Sixty per cent of all drowning deaths in Canada occur during participation in summer-time recreational activities including swimming and fishing or boating, with approximately two-thirds of drowning occurring just 15 meters from safety.

Learn how to be Water Smart by visiting the Lifesaving Society at LifeSavingBC.ca!