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National Drowning Prevention Week
The City of Kenora proclaimed July 15 – 21, 2018 as National Drowning Prevention Week along with Lifesaving Society of Canada to raise awareness about the problem of drowning and the lives that can be saved with water safety education.
Most drownings are preventable in a Water Smart community, and only through Water Smart education and respect for the potential danger that any body of water may present, can we truly enjoy the beauty and recreation opportunities offered by these bodies of water.
The mission of Lifesaving Society of Canada is to prevent drownings through water safety education programs to build Water Smart communities. The Kenora Recreation Centre offers many Lifesaving Society courses and training sessions throughout the year. During National Drowning Prevention Week, aquatics staff will be reaching out to the community to spread these important messages:
Approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.
Watch me, not your cell phone. Always directly supervise children around the water – if you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far.
Be Boat Smart and Boat Sober. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities.
In most drownings, the victim never intended to go in the water and was often close to safety – could you survive a sudden and unexpected fall into the water? Learn to Swim to Survive®. Be Water Smart® Make smart choices before going into or out on the water.
Older but not always wiser – Choose It. Use It. Always wear a Lifejacket or PFD when in a boat.