Learn to be Water Smart During Drowning Prevention Week

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The City of Kingston marks Drowning Prevention Week with water safety education activities at Tomlinson Aqua Park from July 15 to 22.

According to the 2016 Ontario Drowning Report, two thirds (64 per cent) of drowning victims were in engaged in a recreational activity. Common risk drowning risk factors include not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) while boating (88 per cent) or being unable to swim (42 per cent).

“Learning how to swim is only one way to prevent drowning. The activities at Tomlinson Aqua Park will teach adults and children the importance of wearing a properly fitting life jacket, how to be safe while boating and more ways to be water smart,” says Lynda Breen, ‎supervisor, recreation services.

Activities will take place at Tomlinson Aqua Park next to the Memorial Centre at 303 York St. (unless otherwise noted).

ALL WEEK:

• Water Smart Contest colouring contest and activity pages for kids of all ages
• Interactive water safety boards
• Make a donation to the Week To End Drowning donation wall
• Sponsor a City lifeguard participating in the 500 Metres for 500 Lives swim challenge

DAY-BY-DAY EVENTS:

• Saturday, July 15 – Water Safety Carnival. Games, contests, face painting and water-safety activities. Outside the Memorial Centre Splash Pad, 303 York St. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, July 16 – Junior Lifeguard Day. Follow a City of Kingston lifeguard to learn about their job and become an honourary guard. Take part in the throwing rescue contest. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Monday, July 17 – Water Safety Scavenger Hunt. Complete a scavenger hunt using your water safety knowledge for a chance to win prizes. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 18 – Lifejacket Day. Decorate your own lifejacket and visit the lifejacket fitting and info station. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 19 – Boating Safety Day. Make your own boat and learn about pre-boating checklists. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Thursday, July 20 – Toys will be out during public swim 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Friday July 21 – Free Swim to Survive lesson for anybody attending leisure swim, try your best to complete the Swim to Survive standard – 50m swim, 1 min treading water, 1 roll into the water.
• Saturday, July 22 – Cannonball contest. Show off your skills and compete against your friends and family to you see how many cannonballs you can do! 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All events occurring in the pool enclosure are through admission only.

Activities outside pool enclosure, including the Water Safety Carnival, throwing rescue contest and Water Smart colouring contest do not require admission to Tomlinson Aqua Park and can be attended free of charge.


Release source: City of Kingston
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