(Stock image/Metro Creative Connection)

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Ponoka Aquaplex will host activities for National Drowning Prevention Week

National Drowning Prevention Week is July 17 to 23

The Ponoka Aquaplex will host a variety of activities in recognition of National Drowning Prevention Week from July 17 to 23.

Over 400 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents every year. National Drowning Prevention Week helps build skills and awareness about these incidents in an effort to prevent these tragedies.

The activities planned at the Ponoka Aquaplex (5315 46 Avenue) include:

• A daily ‘Swim to Survive’ skills challenge from 1 to 4 p.m. each day from Monday to Friday. Participants who complete the challenge will receive a Canadian Swim to Survive Certificate.

• A Free Swim and Outdoor Community Barbecue on Wednesday, July 20. The free swim will run from 1 to 5 p.m. along with games and activities in and out of the pool. The barbecue will run from 3 to 5 p.m. and will move indoors at the Aquaplex if it rains. The Aquaplex will be accepting food bank donations as admission to the free swim and barbecue.

• Throughout the week, families can learn about drowning prevention and participate in water safety activities.

For more information, please contact the Ponoka Aquaplex at 403-783-0131 or email recreation@ponoka.ca.

Town of Ponoka