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The Town of Golden Recreation Services team reminds you that July 15 to 21 is National Drowning Prevention Week.

Initiated by Canada’s Lifesaving Society, this important annual campaign focuses on public education and drowning prevention with key water safety messages. The goal is to reduce the number of water related fatalities and near drowning incidents across the country.

The team at the Golden Municipal Pool will be spreading this message at the pool this week with a variety of events including a swim-to-survive competition, a life jacket relay race and more. There will be prizes, too, so community members are encouraged to have some fun while learning. Join us on Thursday, July 19th for an interactive Public Swim. Enter our raffle draw for a chance to win a giftcard for Yaldilicious or Jita's Cafe. Games are best suited for children ages 6 to 13 with good swimming abilities. Children of all ages can participate in the colouring contest which will be happening during the week. Prizes for the contest include a free private lesson! Visit the Golden Pool to learn more.

According to lifesavingsociety.com, with nearly 500 fatalities annually, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60 years of age (surpassed only by motor vehicle collisions and poisoning). Sixty per cent of all drowning deaths in Canada occur during participation in summer-time recreational activities including swimming and fishing or boating, with approximately two-thirds of drowning occurring just 15 meters from safety.

Learn how to be Water Smart by visiting the Lifesaving Society at www.lifesaving.bc.ca

Fast facts:

• Approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.

• Watch me, not your cell phone. Always directly supervise children around the water - if you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far.

• Be Boat Smart and Boat Sober. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities.

• In most drownings, the victim never intended to go in the water and was often close to safety – could you survive a sudden and unexpected fall into the water? Learn to Swim to Survive.

• Be Water Smart. Make smart choices before going into or out on the water.

• Older but not always wiser - Choose It. Use It. Always wear a Lifejacket or PFD when in a boat.

• You can save a life, yours and someone else’s. Take a learn-to-swim, lifesaving or first aid class today.