Drowning Prevention Week | Day 2

Rescuing My Friends and Family

Do you know what a drowning person looks like?  For swimmers and non-swimmers alike, immersion is often unexpected, sudden, and silent.

In order to help someone in need, it’s important to know what a distressed or drowning non-swimmer looks like. Drowning Prevention Week activities at the UBC Aquatic Centre on July 18th will teach you how to recognize different types of victims and how to help them while also staying safe yourself.

Choking: Learn to recognize items and activities that create a choking hazard, and how to help someone who is choking.

Ladder Approach: Learn how to use this Bronze Medallion skill to help rescue someone in the water and minimize risk to yourself!

Throwing Assists: Do you know what a throw bag is and where and when to use one? Come practice your rescue skills with us!

9-1-1: Dispatchers require specific information to ensure the appropriate service gets to you as soon as possible. Learn how to make an effective 9-1-1 call for different scenarios.

Want to learn more? Our lifeguards will be on site demonstrating other water rescue techniques! Or, register in one of our life-saving programs.


Don’t miss out on this free drop-in programming to learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe at the UBC Aquatic Centre – RSVP on Facebook!

Tue, July 18th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing my Friends & Family

What to do if someone is choking, not breathing, or needs your help getting out of a dangerous water situation

Wed, July 19th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Boat buddies

How to be well prepared for safe boating

Thu, July 20th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing myself from rivers, lakes, and oceans

How to swim with tides and currents, as well as with hypothermia

Fri, July 21st 4:00–6:00PM

Water Wise Tots

What to do if a baby needs CPR or if they’re choking, and how to get in and out of water safely with your tot


Join us at the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from July 17-21. You’ll learn things like how to recognize a drowning swimmer, how to survive an unexpected fall into water, and how to save someone in need. Our lifeguards and instructors will demonstrate and teach you life-long skills so that you can stay safe while you explore the rivers, lakes, and ocean around campus this summer.