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Ponoka Aquaplex will host activities for National Drowning Prevention Week

National Drowning Prevention Week is July 17 to 21

The Town of Ponoka is hosting a variety of activities at the Ponoka Aquaplex in recognition of National Drowning Prevention Week from July 17 to 21.

The activities planned at the Aquaplex (5315 46 Ave.) 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 daily pool scavenger hunt during public swim – Participants can find items around the pool and be entered in a draw to win a prize.

• A free swim and outdoor community barbecue – On Wednesday, July 19, the free swim will run from 1 to 4 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.

“Over 400 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents every year,” stated a release from the town.

“National Drowning Prevention Week helps build skills and awareness about these incidents in an effort to prevent these tragedies.”

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