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April Drowning Prevention - Spring Thaw

Even when the air is hot, the water can be cold. The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) has a series of Cold Water Awareness videos with tips on how to prepare for and survive in cold water.
Cold water graphic
People who fall into cold water usually drown before hypothermia sets in. Remember the numbers 1-10-1:
  • You have 1 minute to get your breathing under control. Keeping afloat and breathing will be very difficult, concentrate on getting your breathing under control, you can expect gasping to pass in about 1 minute.
  • During the next 10 minutes you will experience cold incapacitation. In an attempt to preserve core temperature, the body will shut down blood flow to the limbs, making it difficult to self rescue or even stay afloat. 
  • After cold incapacitation, hypothermia will finally start to set in but you can expect that will take about 1 hour to become unconscious and still longer before you succumb to hypothermia.


  1. Lifejacket & PFD safety (video) - In recognition of #NationalLifejacketDay members of the City of Cambridge Aquatics Team want to remind you that wearing a lifejacket saves lives.
  2. Swim with a Buddy (video) - Family members within the City of Cambridge Aquatics Team want to remind you to Always Swim with a Buddy!
  3. Drowning is fast, silent and preventable (video) – Make sure there is always a parent “On Guard” when your children are near water. 
  4. Never leave children alone near water.
  5. Stay within arm's reach of toddlers and non-swimmers.
  6. Stay by the water's edge.
  7. Make sure non-swimmers wear lifejackets.
  8. Swim to Survive (video) - We may not be able to teach your child(ren) swimming right now but please take the time to ensure they can do the following skills before you take off their lifejackets.
  9. City of Cambridge Fence By-law 92-05 – requires a fence for any swimming pool or hot tub capable of holding more than 30 inches of water; however we encourage all bodies of water in your backyard is inaccessible without the consent and supervision of an adult.
  10. Bathtub safety (colouring sheet) - Did you know that bathtubs account for 12% of all drownings Canada-wide with children and seniors most affected?  Teach children about not bathing alone.

For more information to prevent drownings and water related injuries including Water Safety Public Education please check out the Lifesaving Society of Ontario