World Drowning Prevention Day: July 25, 2022
On April 28, 2021, The United Nations General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on global drowning prevention. The resolution recognizes the scale and impact of drowning prevention and calls for coordinated action to prevent drowning, a leading cause of injury-related death and disability worldwide.
A key element that resulted from this resolution is UN-recognized World Drowning Prevention Day. This will occur annually on July 25. All Stakeholders and their partners are invited and encouraged to contribute to and engage in this global activity. This day is for raising awareness of the importance of drowning prevention and the need for urgent action as a collective to improve water safety and reduce preventable deaths and injury.
Swim to Survive®
To commemorate our inaugural World Drowning Prevention Day, we encourage our affiliates to take part in our Swim to Survive® program. This course teaches the necessary skills to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Meeting the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard is an important first step to being safe around water.
ILS research findings from around the world offer clear evidence that teaching the survival swimming skills taught in Swim to Survive decreases drowning, reducing the mortality and morbidity from aquatic disasters by 50%.
Teaching and learning these skills are essential in our efforts to prevent drowning and water-related injury. Do your part and participate on our very first World Drowning Prevention Day!
For more information: SWIM TO SURVIVE®
United Nations' Global Drowning Prevention Resolution:
Information on how to inspire, plan activities and spread key messages for World Drowning Prevention Day:
Guidance For Organizations
World Health Organization World Drowning Prevention Day Page:
WHO Information Page
World Health Organization Press Release:
WHO Press Release