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While your children are swimming it’s okay to read a book or chat on the phone.

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Your swimming performance in cold water is just as good as in warm water.

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Of those who drown while boating, 87% are not wearing, or are not properly wearing, a PFD (personal flotation device) or lifejacket.

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This is the right order of actions to take if you see someone drowning: 1. shout for help, 2. reach or throw a rescue or flotation device, 3. call 9-1-1 if needed.

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Key components of a good Learn to Swim program include the following: recognition of hazards, self rescue and rescue of others, swimming skills, water safety skills and knowledge, and fitness.

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It’s almost summer time! Many Canadians enjoy spending summer days in and around water, whether it’s a lake, the beach or a pool. But how much do you know about water safety?

Take the Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Quiz to test your knowledge! You’ll be entered in a draw for a chance to win one of 10 family prize packs of Stearns® PFDs (4 personal flotation devices). The contest ends on June 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. See full contest rules.

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Active supervision is key

Half of Canadian parents believe they can effectively supervise children in the water by listening for signs of problems. However, drowning kills silently. Parents and guardians should always watch children actively around water at all times, even if the children can swim and even when lifeguards are present.

Swimming in cold water

In cold water swimming performance is impaired; you can’t swim as far, and you are especially vulnerable if a PFD isn’t worn.

Swimmer in distress

If you see a swimmer in distress, shout for help, reach or throw a rescue or flotation device, call 9-1-1 if needed.

Learn to Swim program

The Red Cross Swim program teaches both swimming skills and water safety. Red Cross Swim Preschool teaches caregivers how to effectively supervise children around water and teaches preschoolers not to go near the water without an adult.