Drowning is a quick and silent killer | uOttawa Gee-Gees

Drowning is a quick and silent killer

Wednesday July 24, 2019
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Drowning is preventable! Approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.

The week of July 21-27, 2019 is National Drowning Prevention Week. The uOttawa Gee-Gees are teaming up with the Lifesaving Society to remind you of important ways keep yourself and your loved -ones safe, in and around the water and to help you play a role in the prevention of drowning for all.

As you access pools, lakes and beaches this summer, please remember the following:

Swim in Supervised Facilities:

Cool off before work or class in our lifeguarded 50 M Olympic-sized swimming pool. Dive into your workout with us during our Lane Swim sessions.

Learning is the Best Lifesaver

Could you survive a sudden and unexpected fall into the water? Make sure you and your family members learn to swim. We offer group and private swimming lessons, and swimming summer camps for kids.

Know Your Limits

Make sure children and unexperienced swimmers wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFD) in and around the water. Know your own abilities and make water smart choices.

Watch Me, Not Your Phone

Always directly supervise children around the water – if you are not within arms’ reach, you have gone too far. Make sure you are free of alcohol, drugs and distractions.

Be a Smart Boater

Always boat sober, it is the law. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities. Lifejackets are like seat belts. Always wear your lifejacket or PFD when in a boat.

Preparation is Key

You can save a life. Take a Sports Services CPR and First Aid class and learn the skills to deal with an emergency.

Don’t swim alone

Bring a friend and make smart choices when choosing where to swim this summer before you get in the water.

Join us on Swim to Survive day

Wednesday July 24th, the University of Ottawa’s aquatic instructors will teach drop-in swim participants survival swimming skills for free. Sessions will be held at 11:30-12:30 and at 19:00-20:00. Come join us to get prepared from a fun, safe summer by the water.

Be vigilant and follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable summer on the water! Visit www.geegees.ca or one of our Client Services locations for more informati