This Week is National Drowning Prevention Week

Get involved and promote drowning prevention in your community!

The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention. NDPW provides a focus around which community Water Smart® educators can plan news releases, do television and radio interviews, and deliver public demonstrations and other events. Many successful community events are launched with a Mayor’s Proclamation of Drowning Prevention Week.


The main messages below were selected because of the major risk factors presented in the Canadian Drowning Report – 2017 Edition.

• If you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far. Always supervise children.

• Boat sober. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related                    fatalities.

• Wear It. Always wear a Lifejacket or PFD.

 • Approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents                           annually. Even one drowning is one too many.

GET INVOLVED DURING NDPW                                                             

• Promote National Drowning Prevention Week and Lifesaving Society by sharing our website or the NDPW banner on your own website. Click the NDWP logo on our homepage to find links to drowning prevention resources!

• Talk to friends, colleagues, customers, and family about the drowning prevention. Help us spread the message by encouraging them to be safe in, on and around the water.

• Retweet, like, post and share our National Drowning Prevention Week content on your social media channels. Don't forget to tag #NDPW and @LifesavingBCYK so we can see  your posts!

• Share pictures from local NDPW events with us! We would love to feature them on our social media and in a future edition of the Lifeliner.