National Water Safety Week, Canadian Red Cross

The UBC Aquatic Centre invites students, staff, faculty and residents to consider water safety every day, however encourage our community to make a special effort to increase awareness and water skills during National Water Safety Week – June 3-11, 2017.

The annual campaign by the Canadian Red Cross aims to educate Canadians on how to stay safe around water and prevent drowning incidents. Every year, approximately 520 Canadians die needlessly in unintentional water-related fatalities. A high percentage of these preventable water-related fatalities consist of young children, almost always due to lack of or adequate supervision.



While the ability to swim is important, swimming skills alone aren’t always enough to save a life. Learning water safety is key to preventing an emergency in or on the water, and also teaches what to do if you find yourself in an emergency situation. The Red Cross Swim program teaches both swimming skills, and water safety knowledge and skills – the most effective combination in preventing water–related injuries and fatalities. Stay safe this summer and ensure your knowledge by signing-up for youth lessons or adult lessons.

Let us all be safe when enjoying the water this summer.

UBC Aquatic Centre is pleased to be an official delivery agent of Red Cross swim lessons.