Drowning prevention in aquatic environments

Preventing drowning also depends on you

Guide to enjoying the water in safety Guide to enjoying the water in safety

Summer is here. With the return of warmer weather, we'll be spending a large part of our free time having fun and cooling off in the water. But we mustn't forget to exercise caution.

Drowning is one of the 10 main causes of death by unintentional injury in children and youths around the world (according to a report by the WHO). In Spain, according to provisional data offered by AETSAS (Spanish Association of Water Rescue Specialists and Lifeguards), 542 people drowned in 2017. If this figure is confirmed, it would represent a 23% increase compared to the previous year. This means that we still have a lot to do towards raising awareness about drowning prevention.

Fundación MAPFRE, once again, in collaboration with Bandera Azul ADEAC, is kicking off the fourth edition of our Drowning Prevention program. We'll be in more than 40 towns along the Spanish coast, including natural spaces in the interior such as the Costa Dulce de Orellana reservoir, in the province of Badajoz and and San Juan, and in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Madrid. Between July and August, the months when more people spend time in aquatic environments, we'll be carrying out more than 60 initiatives.

In a series of prevention workshops given by rescue and lifeguard professionals, both PREVENTION and ACTION will be taught. We'll learn to take the necessary precautions to enjoy the water safely and know what to do in the case of a drowning. Children will learn prevention in a fun way and will paint a t-shirt with the advice they liked the most.

Learn how to PREVENT. Learn how to ACT: The drowning survival chain.

The drowning survival chain

With the permission of the authors: Szpilman D.Webber, J.Quan, L. Blerens, J. Morizot-Lelte, L. Langerdorfer, S.J. Berman, S.LØfgren, B. Resucitation (2014).

If you wish to obtain information and enjoy the water safely, don't hesitate to drop by and check out our prevention activities this summer. We'll be present during the same hours as the rescue teams in the following locations:

ACTIVITIES

Beach Poster Beach Poster

Beach Poster (PDF 2 MB)

Keep this poster to hand and it will remind you how to behave and enjoy the beach and the sea in safety. Have fun in the water without endangering your life.

Swimming Pool Poster Swimming Pool Poster

Swimming Pool Poster (PDF 3 MB)

Many accidents ocurring in swimming pools happen because basic precautions were not taken. Follow these tips and you can enjoy the water without any problems.

Guide to enjoying the water in safety Guide to enjoying the water in safety

Guide to enjoying the water in safety

In the guide This summer, enjoy aquatic facilities in safety you will find recommendations on preventing accidents and drownings. Make sure you avoid any nasty shocks this summer.