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A Water Safety Day is planned for Saturday July 6, 10-12pm at Lake Minnewasta. The event will feature a Water Safety Info Table with the Manitoba Lifesaving Society, Buckles (lifejacket mascot from Red Cross), Lifejacket Lending Station and Regional Connections Info Table. Two presentations are also scheduled with Manitoba Lifesaving Society throughout the morning.

10:00AM – Everything you Wanted to Know about Lifejackets (But Were Afraid to Ask)!

10:30AM – Keeping Children Safe In, On and Around Water!

11:00AM – Everything you Wanted to Know about Lifejackets (But Were Afraid to Ask)!

11:30AM – Keeping Children Safe In, On and Around Water!

Part of the day will be making sure the public is informed about changes at the beach this year. There are no beach safety officers on duty, but there is a lifejacket lending program operating from 11-4pm daily (subject to weather conditions).

The City of Morden and Lake Minnewasta staff would like to encourage swimming lessons, wearing lifejackets and parental supervision as the most important factors to prevent drowning. Part of the reason for the change has been difficulty with staffing, but another reason is to avoid giving parents and caregivers a false sense of security. Whether staff are scheduled or not, swimming at Lake Minnewasta has always been at your own risk, and it has always been the responsibility of caregivers to keep children within arm’s reach.

“We hope to see lots of people at our Water Safety Day. We’re glad to have the support of Manitoba Lifesaving Society and Canadian Red Cross” said Stephanie Dueck, Rec Programmer for the City of Morden.