News Post - National Drowning Prevention Week

National Drowning Prevention Week Kick-Off Event!

Join us as we kick off National Drowning Prevention Week with an engaging and educational event hosted by the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce!

The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July (July 21-27, 2024) as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention. In 96 per cent of drowning deaths in children under five, supervision was absent or distracted. Most drownings are preventable in a Water Smart community, and only through Water Smart education and a healthy respect for the potential danger that any body of water may present can we genuinely enjoy the beauty and recreation opportunities offered by these bodies of water.

This event promises to raise awareness and educate the community on the importance of water safety while having fun! Join us for a variety of activities including a free swim, water safety demonstrations, exciting prizes and giveaways, and more.

Date: Sunday, July 21
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility, 700 10th Street E (North Parking Lot)

Partner Day: free access to YMCA Health Fitness & Aquatics facility & programs for Owen Sound residents

This event is made possible with the support of Ontario Power Generation’s Power for Change Project, supporting grassroot initiatives in the communities where OPG operates. The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is a proud participant, the Empowerment Grant support will help to educate individuals and families how to have fun around water while being safe.

Join us in making a splash for safety! Together, we can ensure water safety for everyone in our community.

For Media Inquiries: 
Brandon Downing,
Interim Manager of Health, Fitness & Aquatics
YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce
P: 519-376-0484 ext 212| E:

About YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce
The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is a charity dedicated to building a caring, healthy community by creating opportunities for all people to achieve personal growth in spirit, mind and body. We offer opportunities for personal development in many program areas: Health, Fitness, Aquatics and Recreation, Child Care, Community and Justice Programs, Settlement Services, Housing Support and Employment Services. Learn more on our website:

About Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
At Ontario Power Generation (OPG), our power is changing the world as we strive to electrify life in one generation. As the province’s largest clean power generator, OPG operates one of North America’s most diverse generating fleets, which includes two nuclear stations, 66 hydroelectric stations, one solar facility, and four combined-cycle gas generating stations operated by our subsidiary, Atura Power. We are now advancing several clean energy innovations, including Small Modular Reactors, low-carbon hydrogen, and energy storage, to help set Ontario and the world on the path to an electrified future, where more aspects of life – from cars to homes and industries – are powered by clean electricity. As part of this vision, we’re also focused on becoming a net-zero company by 2040 and enabling a net-zero economy by 2050.

About The Lifesaving Society
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 research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Website:

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