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National Drowning Prevention Week July 18–25

Jul 17, 2015

National Drowning Prevention Week is July 18–25, 2015. Be water safe!

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

Drowning in Canada
In Canada, drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury or death among children 1–4 years of age, and the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years. With some 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).

Drowning Prevention Tips
Fatal accidents happen quickly and without warning, so it is essential to be alert when swimming, boating, or enjoying other water activities during the summer. Learning to swim, keeping children within arms' reach, protecting yourself with a PFD, and swimming with lifeguard supervision are just a few of the steps you can take to prevent injury or death by drowning.

Swimming Lessons Save Lives!
Swimming teaches children essential water safety skills that could save their lives or the lives of others. Delta offers a variety of lessons and drop in programs at both indoor and outdoor facilities. Check out our Aquatics page or call 604-952-3000 for facility schedules and information on lessons, special events and themed swims.

For more information on National Drowning Prevention Week, visit the Lifesaving Society of Canada's website.