Enjoy a safe swim this summer | uOttawa Gee-Gees

Enjoy a safe swim this summer

Friday July 22, 2016
Deux enfants dans la piscine pendant le camp de natation 2015.

With the summer in full swing and National Drowning Prevention Week coming up next week (July 17th-23rd) we would like to take the time to remind you to about water safety. According to the Lifesaving Society, approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Some groups at particular risk include adults between 20 and 34, and children under 10.

Whether you’re relaxing near a backyard pool, the lake at the cottage, the ocean, a river or right here at the Montpetit pool there are a few things you should take into account:

  • If you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far. Never leave a child alone, around any body of water
  • Make sure children and weaker swimmers wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFD) in and around the water
  • Keep safety equipment and a phone close by or with you
  • When you’re on guard, you are sober. Supervise and swim with children only when free of alcohol, drugs and distractions
  • Keep alcohol separate from swimming and boating. 1 in 3 drowning deaths in Canada occur to individuals who have consumed alcohol
  • Enjoy safe boating. Make sure that you, your family members and/or friends always wear a properly sized lifejacket/PFD when in a boat
  • Lifejackets are like seat belts. Buckle up when boating
  • Know what to do in an emergency, including CPR and calling 9-1-1
  • Enroll yourself and your children in swimming lessons or swim camp
  • Swim in supervised environments. Come join us for a swim at the Montpetit Pool 

Getting out and enjoy the summer weather with friends and family is a great leisurely activity but remember to always take precautions. If you would like more info we have a ton of resources for you from various sources below.

City of Ottawa Water Safety

Canadian Red Cross

Life Saving Society Info Sheet