Drowning Prevention Week | Day 4

British Columbia is home to some pretty spectacular scenery – a lot of it water. With 74% of Canadian drownings occurring in natural bodies of water, it’s important to know how to stay safe when you head to the river, lake, or ocean.

Drowning Prevention Week activities at the UBC Aquatic Centre on July 20th will help you prepare for a safe day outdoors, plus what to do if something goes wrong.

Hypothermia: Oceans, rivers and deep or glacial lakes are cold year round, and you can become hypothermic even on hot days. Learn the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and why it’s important to always be prepared!

Sun Safety: Do you know the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke? Learn precautions to take before heading out for a day in the sun!

Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans: Learn how to analyze the environment before you head for a swim! Always check for currents, cliffs, and sudden drop-offs. Know what a rip current looks like? Come find out!

Want to learn more? Register in Bronze Medallion or Standard First Aid at the UBC Aquatic Centre!


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!

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.