National Drowning Prevention Week is July 18 to 24 Print Article Font Size
Join the Town of Golden and the Lifesaving Society Canada in bringing awareness to the drowning problem during National Drowning Prevention Week from July 18-24, 2021.

Despite a downward trend, drowning is still the third leading cause of death in Canada. The mission of Lifesaving Society Canada is to prevent drowning. Even one drowning is one too many.

In partnership with the Lifesaving Society of Canada, Town Recreation staff will be educating and promoting safety awareness at the Golden Swimming Pool between July 19 and 23.  Every day next week from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., staff will be hosting activities with a different drowning prevention theme to help Golden become a Water Smart Community:
  • Monday, July 19: Prevent Drowning. Find out what it’s like to be a lifeguard! We will have up to 10 spots open for youth ages 10 to 14 for Junior Lifeguard Training.
  • Tuesday, July 20: Supervise Children. Relay races and within arms’ reach colouring contest
  • Wednesday, July 21: Boating Safety. Join us for cardboard boat races and deck out the deck with chalk to talk about boat safety.
  • Thursday, July 22: Open Water Safety. Show us how much you know about water safety by playing a game of Safe or Sorry and play some HELP and Huddle games
  • Friday, July 23: Water Smart all year round. Practice swimming in moving water, and rescuing yourself from broken ice

Share a photo on social media with #GoldenSwimSafe showing you and your friends and family being Water Smart in and around Golden for a chance to WIN a swimming prize!

 “We are really excited about the activities we have planned for National Drowning Prevention Week,” said Chelsey Keefer, Aquatics Lead with the Town of Golden. “Drowning is preventable, and we want to make sure everyone can have fun and be safe this summer.”

Stay tuned on social media and at golden.ca/swimming for more details on activities taking place at the pool.

Over 400 people fatally drown annually in Canada, making it the second leading cause of unintentional death for children and the third leading cause of unintentional death for adults.

Statistics show that almost 70 per cent 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 their community. To help reduce drowning, all Canadians are encouraged to:
  • Take 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.
 
The majority of drownings are preventable in a Water Smart community. Join the Town of Golden and participate in various events and activities to help make our community Water Smart. For more information or to register for programs next week, visit www.golden.ca/swimming or call the pool at 250-344-2118.