Drowning Prevention Week: July 15 – 21, 2018

July and August mean sunny skies, busy beaches and lots of people out on the water. While rivers, lakes, and oceans may provide a way to escape the heat this summer, July and August also see a spike in drowning rates.

It only takes seconds to drown and most incidents are silent and unexpected, a far cry from the splashing and dramatic screams of Baywatch. A submersion incident where water has entered the lungs can cause complications – and even death- up to 72 hours after a swimmer has struggled in the water. With more than 400 drownings occurring annually in Canada, and 6 deaths in BC so far in 2018, do you know how to stay safe while you stay cool this summer?
National Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) – the third week of July – is an annual initiative of the Lifesaving Society aimed at reducing the number of water-related fatalities and drowning incidents by promoting water safety messages in the community.

Free Drop-In Programming | July 15-21, 2018 

The UBC Aquatic Centre serves to educate the public on how to stay water safe this summer. learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe by joining us throughout the week.