WHO releases implementation guide to drowning prevention

The Lifesaving Society Canada draws your attention to the just released World Health Organization’s Preventing drowning: an implementation guide. The report outlines the severity of drowning as a global crisis and presents a range of effective drowning prevention strategies and recommended measures to be taken by national and local governments.

Preventing drowning: an implementation guide targets those responsible for implementing drowning prevention programs as well as government policy makers. Preventing drowning: an implementation guide provides practical guidance on effective measures to prevent drowning including:

  • Provide safe places away from water for pre-school children.
  • Install barriers controlling access to water.
  • Teach school-age children swimming and water safety skills.
  • Train bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation.
  • Set and enforce safe boating, shipping and ferry regulations.

The guide also recommends supporting strategies for drowning prevention leaders and organizations like the Lifesaving Society:

  • Promote multi-sectoral collaboration.
  • Strengthen public awareness of drowning.
  • Establish a national water safety (drowning prevention) plan.
  • Advance drowning prevention through data collection and well-designed studies.

The Lifesaving Society Canada urges you to bring this latest WHO report on drowning to the attention of drowning prevention leaders in your community. Preventing drowning: an implementation guide is available for download from the WHO website at: 

This is the second time the World Health Organization has devoted a report exclusively to drowning. WHO released its Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer in 2014.

About the Lifesaving Society Canada

The Lifesaving Society is a full-service provider of programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning. We save lives and prevent water-related injury through our training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning prevention research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Each year, over 1,000,000 Canadians participate in the Society’s training programs. The Society has been researching and reporting on drowning in Canada for over 30 years.

For more information, contact:

Adam Ross, President
Lifesaving Society Prince Edward Island
Ph: (902) 393-6747Email: info@lifesavingsocietypei.ca