Swimming and Open Water Safety

Who doesn’t love to take a dip in the water on a scorching summer day? Today is the summer solstice, which means from now until Autumn, Canadians from coast to coast will be flocking to the nearest body of water, whether it’s an ocean, a lake or a backyard pool. Following basic water safety minimizes the risk of accidents, so you and your loved ones can have fun and stay safe in the water this summer.


-          Don’t leave children unattended at the pool or beach. Adult supervision is the best way to prevent incidents.

-          Keep rescue equipment like a shepherd’s hook and a life preserver near your backyard pool.

-          Remember that “floaties” are not a substitute for life jackets for children.

-          Avoid diving into shallow pools or pushing others in.

Open Water

-          Never swim alone in open water.

-          Never jump in without knowing the water’s depth.

-          Wear life jackets at all times when boating or swimming on open water.

-          Make sure life jackets are the right size and are secured properly.

-          Be aware of currents, and treat them with caution.

Stay safe with these tips and have fun!