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Adult Water Safety

In Ontario, the major contributors to an adult drowning include:

  • Not wearing a PFD - this continues to be an issue particularly among men and is the number one contributing factor in recreational boating drownings.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages - alcohol is a contributing factor in half of all water-related deaths among men 18 to 49 years of age.
  • Persons on or near the water ALONE - two-thirds of victims over 50 years of age, and almost all young children under five years, were alone when the drowning occured.

(The Royal Life Saving Society Canada Report 2016)

TIPS

  • Wear a lifejacket or PFD
  • If you drink, don't drive your boat
  • Be prepared, get trained
  • Avoid swimming alone

For the full report on drowning statistics and information in Ontario, click Lifesaving Society - Ontario Drowning Report.

Diving Safety

Before diving, it is important to think about HOW you'll enter the water. The Canadian Red Cross has some safety tips.

Did you know?

  • Diving is the leading sports-related cause of spinal-cord injuries.
  • Many diving incidents result in quadriplegia - a partial or complete loss of functioning in legs, arms and the trunk area. Almost 90% of people with serious injuries caused by careless diving are confined to a wheelchair FOR LIFE.
  • 95% of diving injuries occur in water five feet deep or less, in an unsupervised setting with no warning signs.
  • The typical diving-related spinal injury occurs in males, 17-22 years old, with no formal training in diving.
  • Diving incidents often occur during a first-time visit to the location.
  • Over 50% of diving injuries/deaths involve alcohol and/or drug abuse.
  • Over 40% of spinal injuries caused by careless diving occur in backyard pools.
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