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Posted on: July 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] National Drowning Prevention Week: Know Your Limits

National Drowning Prevention Week: Know Your Limits 

The highest water-related fatality rates in 2011-2015 included Baby Boomers 50-64 years of age and young adults 20-34 years of age. Baby Boomers need to adjust their risk-taking behavior as they age. They may be older but not as resilient in a life-threatening situation. Know your current swimming ability.

Young adults tend to participate in high-risk activities. Know your limits and know the dangers of being in, on or around the water.

Stay sober when in, on or around the water. Alcohol was a factor in many boating fatalities. Both cannabis and alcohol affect judgement, balance, and reflexes. 

The major risk factors for drowning among adults aged 35 and older include not wearing a lifejacket when relevant, being alone, and alcohol consumption. Choose It. Use It. Always wear a lifejacket. Lifejackets don’t work if you don’t wear them. Lifejackets are a boats version of a seatbelt - always wear a lifejacket when boating. 

Plan your activity, be accompanied, follow instructions, and stay away from at risk areas. Communicate your itinerary with someone you trust. Be aware of your environment. Make sure to be informed of weather forecasts and any changes related to the swimming area.

Come down to the pool today and play Pin the Boat on the Dock & participate in our scavenger hunt to be entered in the draw!! Also pick up a copy of our fillable itinerary for your next adventure!!

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