North Cowichan Reminds Community that Lifejackets Save Lives

(North Cowichan, BC) May 16 was National Lifejacket Day, a day to encourage and promote the use of lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) among boaters.

The Canadian Red Cross reports that every year, an average of 160 Canadians drown while boating. Of these, 87 per cent are not wearing a lifejacket or do not have it properly secured. A study of long-term trends indicates that the use of safety equipment, such as a lifejacket or PFD, would greatly reduce the number of fatalities.

“In recognition of National Lifejacket Day, the Cowichan Aquatic Centre put up an information display about the importance of lifejackets in the main lobby and incorporated information about lifejacket and boating safety into all swimming lessons, public rentals, and fun swims,” says Manager of Recreation, Jason Blood.

“With the long weekend coming up, North Cowichan has again put out a full set of loaner lifejackets at Fuller Lake Park in Chemainus,” says Mayor Al Siebring. “Fuller Lake Park is one of our most loved community parks, and these loaner lifejackets are available from May to September for anyone that forgets to bring their own lifejacket or is swimming at the park outside lifeguard hours.”

Lifeguards will be on duty at Fuller Lake Park 7-days a week from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. between June 29 and August 25.

Before swimming or heading out on a boat this summer, ensure that all persons - even strong swimmers - are outfitted with a correctly sized lifejacket appropriate to the activity. Make sure that you:

  • Ensure the lifejacket is Canadian-approved
  • Check the label for the correct size
  • Connect all straps and zippers
  • Ensure the lifejacket is comfortably snug

Toddler practicing lifejacket awareness at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre on May 16.

Mayor Al Siebring and Jason Blood, Manager of Recreation, at Fuller Lake's lifejacket loaner station.

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For more information, please contact:
Jason Blood
Manager, Recreation
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3307