This JRPM, Celebrate Water Safety Week

 June 4, 2019
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) recognizes the importance of recreation and parks to the wellbeing of our communities. There are a number of special days in June, which provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate the many benefits of recreation and parks, including Clean Air Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8). In celebration of JRPM, the NWTRPA is excited to share this feature post by one of our partner organizations, the Mackenzie Recreation Association, in recognition of Water Safety Week (June 18).

June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) and not only is it a great way to highlight the amazing things that are happening with recreation that enhance the quality of life of community residents, but it’s also a great time to start taking advantage of all the water-based recreation opportunities and benefits they bring.

The Mackenzie Recreation Association (MRA) believes in the benefits of water-based recreation, and our goal is to promote water safety within the MRA region because basic water safety skills are essential!

Water-based activity is a way of life in the NWT, and community members often swim/recreate in multiple different bodies of water. Proximity and ease of access can cause an increase in accidents. Through Water Smart® programming, we can help make the NWT a safer place to live, work, and play.

Here are some water safety messages to keep in mind this June when you’re participating in water-based activities in celebration of JRPM:

  • Swim to Survive;
  • Wear a lifejacket whenever you are in a boat;
  • Always swim with a buddy;
  • Stay within arms reach;
  • Get trained; and
  • Do not combine alcohol or drugs with aquatic activity (boating, swimming, etc.).

JRPM is all about helping people get outside and safely explore recreation with family, friends, community, and more! So be confident and competent that you are Water Smart when you’re participating in water-based activities.

For resources and support on water safety messaging in your community, contact Jessica at jessica@mranwt.ca or 867-444-5377.

If you’re interested in resources specific to Boating Safety, you can also click here.