Plan to reduce the risks:

  • Stay within arms’ reach of your child at all times.
  • Adult supervision is essential no matter how well your child swims.
  • Enroll yourself and your children in swimming lessons.
  • Four-sided fencing must be at least 5 feet (1.5 m) high and completely separate the pool from the house, preventing direct access by a child.
  • Four-sided fencing should have a self-closing, self-latching and gate that is locked when the pool area is not in use to prevent children from reaching the pool.
  • In your pool area, have a rope, a solid pole or a life ring to provide assistance to a person in trouble. Keep a phone with a list of emergency numbers and a first aid kit close by.
  • Floating toys, which attract children, should be removed when the pool is not in use.
  • Use a personal floatation device (PFD) for young children and weak swimmers that is appropriate for the child's size.
  • Take a CPR and First Aid course.


Water Safety Facts

Learn to swim - Parents should ensure their children learn to swim - a fundamental requirement to prevent drowning. Half of Canadian children have never taken swimming lessons.

Swim in supervised areas - Parents should ensure their children swim only at lifeguarded pools and beaches, and under direct adult supervision at the cottage or in the backyard.

Swim with a buddy - Over half of child drowning victims are alone. Never-swim-alone, always with a buddy

Wear your lifejacket - Most drowning victims never intend to be in the water, certainly not boaters. Ninety per cent of victims in boating fatalities are not wearing lifejackets. Always put on your lifejacket in the same way you always put on your seatbelt

Source: Lifesaving

When it comes to drowning, our goal is: TARGET ZERO.