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National Drowning Prevention Week

Jul 18, 2016

There is nothing better than spending the day at Centennial Beach or at Delta outdoor pools to escape the summer heat. The laid back environment and cool water is what this time of year is all about. 

Although summer fun is important, it's also vital to remember to stay safe when around water. The majority of drownings in British Columbia happen between May and August, over half of which take place on the weekends when people are at the lake or are beach-side along the coast. That's why the Corporation of Delta is participating in National Drowning Prevention Week from July 17 - 23.  

Presented every year by the Lifesaving Society, this week is used as an opportunity to promote water safety and encourage kids and adults to practice their swimming and to be water smart!

To reinforce this, Delta is holding the Swim to Survive Challenge from 1 – 2 pm at Sungod Recreation Centre all week, from 1 – 3 pm on July 21 at Winskill Fitness and Aquatic Centre, from 1 – 3 pm during Fun Fridays at Ladner Leisure Centre, and from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at Ladner Outdoor Pool during Wacky Wednesday. The Swim to Survive Challenge requires participants to simply roll into deep water, tread water for a minute and then swim 50 metres. This can be done with or without a PFD (personal flotation device). 

Protect your family and yourself this summer. Watch for lifeguards around the community wearing PFDs and promoting water safety. Drop by the lobby of your local aquatic centre for demonstrations held throughout the day.

For more information about National Drowning Prevention Week, visit the Lifesaving Society website.

Is your child wearing their PFD properly?

  • Make sure the PFD is the appropriate chest size or weight (check the Canadian-approved labels)
  • Make sure the PFD and all buckles are properly fastened
  • When the PFD is on:
    • Hold your child's arms straight up over their head
    • Grasp the tops of the PFD arm opening and pull up gently
    • The jacket should not ride up over your child's chin or face, and there should be no excess room above the arm openings

A PFD does not replace adult supervision. Keep your child within arm's reach length at all times when in, on or around the water. Adults should practise proper PFD safety too!