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.”