- Drowning is the second leading cause of injury related death for Canadian children. Every year almost 60 children drown (Safe Kids Canada, 2010).
- Half of all drownings occur during summer months and most are considered preventable (Life Saving Society of Canada, 2012).
- "New Canadians" – particularly those who have been living in Canada for less than five years – are at higher risk for drowning when boating and swimming. They are four times more likely to be non-swimmers than those born in Canada (The LifeSaving Society, 2010).
Remember to keep yourself and others safe around water!
To prevent drowning, remember these points:
- Drowning is predictable and preventable. All children are at risk for drowning, but children under five are at special risk because:
- They are attracted to water but do not know the danger
- They can walk but they cannot swim
- Their lungs are small and fill quickly with water
- They may not know their own skills and strength or respond to a dare from a friend.
- Their strength develops throughout childhood. Even a good swimmer can get into trouble, especially in unfamiliar water.
For more information on swimming and water safety, visit:
- Lifesaving Society of Canada or call 416-490-8844 for CPR and First Aid courses, water smart tips, backyard pool safety tips, swim programs, swim fact sheets in many different languages and news on water safety.
- Canadian Red Cross for CPR and First Aid courses for adults, safety awareness and first aid for youth, as well as safety tips and fact sheets.
- Safe Kids Canada for more information on water safety and drowning prevention.
- Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation for swimming lessons for all ages and abilities.
Last updated July 2012