National Drowning Prevention Week, held July 21-27, 2019, is the Lifesaving Society’s annual drowning prevention awareness event.
Banff Centre Sunday, July 21, 2019 Lifeguard Demos
Lifeguard emergency response demonstrations during public swim (4-5 p.m.)
Information table/ booth (1-5 p.m.)
How to become a lifeguard
Role of a lifeguard
What is drowning prevention week/ events around town this week
Banff Centre Saturday, July 27 Interactive Stations on the pool deck
Family survival swimming clinics (drop-in 1-2 p.m.)
Do you know what to do if you accidentally fall into a body of water?
Participants will practice a disoriented entry, treading water and up to a 50m swim
Reaching assists (drop-in 1-2 p.m.)
How do you help a friend or family member who has fallen into the water while keeping yourself safe?
Participants will practice safe assists with a throw rope
These statistics are from the Canadian Drowning Report – 2018 Edition.
Drowning is Preventable. Approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.
Watch me, not your phone. Always actively supervise children around the water - if you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far.
Be Boat Smart- Wear a Lifejacket. Choose It. Use It. Always wear a lifejacket when in a boat.
Learn to Swim to Survive. 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?
Swim with a buddy. Make smart choices before going into or out on the water.
Know your limits. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities. Both alcohol and cannabis use impairs judgment, reflexes and balance. Stay sober when in, on or around the water.
Be Water Smart all year round. You can save a life – yours and someone else’s. Take a learn-to-swim, lifesaving or first aid class today.