July 18 – 24 is National Drowning Prevention Week!
Warm summer weather makes people across Alberta think about staying cool, visiting swimming pools or natural bodies of water across the province to get wet and beat the heat. Unfortunately, that also means that every year we see a spike in drowning incidents.
National Drowning Prevention Week provides a focus around delivering public training events, and otherwise promote drowning prevention messages and events.
One of the first steps in water safety is learning proper swimming techniques.
We offer private, semi-private, and group swim lessons for all ages and abilities, as well as certification and leadership courses to advance your aquatic knowledge and skillset further.
Water Smart Tips:
If you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far. Always supervise children.
Never leave children alone near water and always keep them in your sight. If children are at the water’s edge, a responsible guardian needs to be with them.
Whether at the beach or in a pool or hot tub children can get into trouble very quickly and can slip under the water very quietly without shouting and waving. Lack of adult supervision is a major contributing factor to child drowning incidents.
In 100% of such cases an adult supervisor was found to be either absent (not present at all) or distracted (present but not watching the child).
Choose it. Use it. Wear a lifejacket!
Lifejackets must fit properly and be in good working conditions. Buckles and zippers should be functioning and intact.
Everyone should wear lifejackets while boating and anyone who cannot swim – especially young children – should wear a lifejacket while swimming. Lifejackets don’t work if you don’t wear them.