National Drowning Prevention Week runs from July 21-27, 2019. 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. Approximately 166 Ontarians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.
In Orangeville, each day will feature a new safety message, with events planned throughout the week at the Alder Recreation Centre.
Monday Safety Message: Watch me, not your phone
Event: During public swims, aquatics staff will hand out Dairy Queen coupons to kids who are within arm’s reach of their parents
Tuesday Safety Message: Be Boat Smart! Wear a Lifejacket
Event: Come get fitted for a properly sized lifejacket/PFD and learn about what to look for when picking a lifejacket/PFD in the Alder Street lobby. When you get sized, you will get entered to win two Lifesaving Society lifejackets/PFDs
Wednesday Safety Message: Learn to Swim to Survive
Event: During public swims, aquatics staff will offer a Family Swim to Survive session. Anyone can attempt the swim to survive standard and will receive a swim to survive bracelet.
Thursday Safety Message: Always swim with a buddy
Event: Public swim from 7-8 p.m. will be a “Swim with a Buddy” swim. Buy one swim pass to the public swim and one buddy gets in for free (buy one, get one free)
Friday Safety Message: Know your Limits
Event: Boat safety display in Alder Lobby
Saturday Safety Message: Be Water Smart All Year Long
Event: During a public swim show a lifeguard how to stay warm if you unexpectedly fall into cold water and get a Dairy Queen coupon