World Drowning Prevention Day
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports approximately 236 000 people drown globally each year with most drownings taking place in low and middle-income countries.
South African mortality statistics estimate 1500 people die from drowning annually in South Africa with almost 500 reported deaths occurring in children under the age of 10 years. Inadequate supervision is a key contributing factor increasing drowning risk in our youths. LSA has termed this year’s World Drowning Prevention Day, which was observed on 25th July, “Supervision”. Through the correct and uninterrupted supervision of youth, children, and toddlers in and around aquatic resources many drownings can be avoided.
RESOURCES & DOWNLOADS
You can download your free “Designated Supervisor” card here.
This card should be attached to a lanyard and given to the supervisor who is responsible at the time. This card helps not only children identify who is watching them but other bystanders can ensure that the supervisor is carrying out their responsibility correctly and is not being interrupted.
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