Two tragic drownings in Manitoba over the weekend. Does that make you rethink mandatory swimming lessons … Or does it even make you think of mandatory swimming lessons?
By now, you may have heard how a day at the beach turned tragic this weekend for a 22-year-old man. That man, Jean-Baptiste Ajua, had just received his Canadian citizenship. And we just learned of another death, this time of a 26-year-old Winnipeg. He was pronounced deceased after disappearing under water August 20th.
Both of these tragedies involved adults, but we’ve also lost children this summer. All of these deaths are senseless and can hopefully spur us to be more proactive in preventing others.
A national survey from Safe Kids Canada finds 86% of Canadian parents think swimming lessons are the best way to protect a child from drowning. While swimming lessons may not be enough to prevent a drowning, they could sometimes be the difference between life and death.
Life jackets, active supervision, water barriers … These are all important factors in water safety. But is it time we add the mandatory swim lessons to these? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.