Despite a downward trend, drowning is still the third leading cause of death in Canada. Drowning is preventable! Join Lifesaving Society Canada and the BWG Leisure Centre
in bringing awareness to the drowning problem during
National Drowning Prevention Week from July 17–23
Schedule of contests and activities at the BWG Leisure Centre:
Sunday, July 17 – National Drowning Prevention Week social media contest. Comment on the post (July 17) to be entered in a draw to win a prize listed above.
Monday, July 18 – Attend Parent & Tot Swim from 12:00-1:00pm (admission policy applies) and participate in the Stop! Look! Ask! Activity
Tuesday, July 19 – Attend Leisure Swim from 2:15-4:00pm (admission policy applies) and participate in the Safe Boating Activity
Wednesday, July 20 – Attend Leisure Swim from 2:15-4:00pm (admission policy applies) and participate in the free Family Swim to Survive Lesson.
Thursday, July 21 – Stay sober in, on and around the water social media contest. Comment on the post (July 21) to be entered in a draw to win a prize listed above.
Friday, July 22 – Attend Leisure Swim from 2:15-4:00pm (admission policy applies) and participate in the lifejacket/PFD clinic.
Saturday, July 23 – Attend Leisure Swim from 1:15-3:15pm (admission policy applies) and participate in and learn about basic first aid
There will be daily prize packs to win that include:
-Free session of group swimming lessons
-Beach bag with beach supplies
-Free Leisure Swim pass for the whole family (one time use)
Statistics show that almost 70% of drowning fatalities never intended to go into the water and were often within 15 metres of safety. Nearly every Canadian has known someone who has drowned or had a non-fatal drowning experience, whether personally or from his or her community. To help reduce drowning, all Canadians are encouraged to:
• Learn the Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive standard (teaches how to survive an
unexpected fall into the water) and participate in a learn-to-swim program.
• Wear a properly fitted lifejacket when out on a boat.
• Refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages while participating in aquatic activities.
• Ensure that children are under the direct supervision of an adult when around
barrier-free bodies of water.
For the most recent data on water-related fatalities in Canada click here.
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