The mandate of the Lifesaving Society is to eradicate drowning.
That’s the goal year-round, and during Drowning Prevention Week the Society tries hard to make sure the message gets out.
“Every year we try to run some special (Lifesaving Society Drowning Prevention Week) activities at the Water Park,” said Julie Dawley, Aquatics Supervisor with the Town of Tillsonburg, and since April President of the Lifesaving Society Ontario. “This year with COVID-19, we’re not running all the activities like we would, but we are still making announcements – we’re talking about it.
“We want to eliminate drowning altogether, and we do that through many different ways – teaching kids how to swim, water safety education, first aid and lifeguard training. Even our lifesaving sport is an avenue for kids to compete in lifeguarding skills, but constantly creates water smart youth. There are so many different avenues aquatically that you can do through the Lifesaving Society.”