The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention.
Read the NDPW 2017 Implementation Package.
NDPW provides a focus around which community Water Smart® educators can plan news releases, do television and radio interviews, and deliver public demonstrations and other events. Many successful community events are launched with a Mayor’s Proclamation of Drowning Prevention Week.
The themes below are suggestions for how you can target your NDPW campaign to use specific messages targeted to address trends seen in Lifesaving Society drowning reports and the data from the Drowning Prevention Research Centre. The key messages can be used on social media.
Be sure to include the #ndpw2017 and #snpn2017 hashtags.
NDPW logos in English and French can be found here.
Throughout NDPW the Lifesaving Society, Ontario will be active on social media. We encourage you to interact with our branch on all of our social media platforms as well as the Lifesaving Society nationally.
Facebook Page: Lifesaving Society Ontario
Main Messages to Emphasize
The main messages below were selected because of the major risk factors presented in the Ontario Drowning Report – 2016 Edition.
- If you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far. Always supervise children.
- Boat sober. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities.
- Choose It. Use It. Always wear a Lifejacket or PFD.
- Lifejackets don’t work if you don’t wear them. Not wearing a Lifejacket or PFD was a factor in 88% of boating deaths.
- Approximately 166 Ontarians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.
More suggested messages and themes with current statistics.
2016 Canadian Drowning Report / Version français
The Lifesaving Society has prepared some Water Smart Learning Activities to assist you in delivering the main messages:
Here's the NDPW Proclamation Letter and a Sample Proclamation Request Letter.
Click on the images to open print-ready PDFs.