This year, July 16 to July 22, 2023 is National Drowning Prevention Week. It is important to be aware of water safety, including drowning risks and water incident prevention.

Water Safety Community Event

You’re invited to the National Drowning Prevention Week Send-off Event. Learn important water safety messages, speak with aquatics staff and visit community booths.

When: Saturday, July 22

Where: Professor’s Lake Recreation Centre (outdoors)

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Registration: Not required

Fees: Professor’s Lake admission fees​ apply.

Water Safety Tips

  • Drowning is Preventable. Over 400 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.
  • Watch Me, Not Your Phone. Always actively supervise children around the water - distractions are deadly.
  • Be Boat Smart - Wear a Lifejacket. Choose It. Use It. Always wear a lifejacket when in a boat.
  • Learn to Swim - Swimming is a lifesaving skill. Lessons are available for all ages, including adults.Learn more here.
  • Swim With a Buddy. Take a buddy and look out for each other, it's what friends do.
  • Know Your Limits. Stay sober when in, on or around the water.
  • Be Water Smart All Year Round. You can save a life - yours and someone else’s.

Swimming Lessons

The City of Brampton offers quality swimming lessons that help participants develop water safety skills that last a lifetime. Programs are available for all ages, including adults. Learn more here.

Free Swim Assessments

Swim assessments are designed for participants that are unsure of which swimming level they should register in. A certified swim instructor will take the participant through a series of in-water skills and provide details on what swim level the participant should register in. Request a swim assessment with one of our customer service representatives at any public drop-in swim.

How To Properly Fit a Life Jacket

A properly fitted life jacket can save your life. Wear a life jacket around pools or bodies of water to help keep you safe. Watch this video and learn how to properly fit and wear a life jacket.


Aqua Quest Lakeside Water Safety Challenge

Visit Paul Palleschi (formerly Loafer’s Lake) or Professor’s Lake walking trails this summer and enhance your water safety knowledge. Find the hidden signs to discover a new letter and unscramble a secret message.

Brampton Lifesaving Club

The Brampton Lifesaving Club introduces athletes to the skills of lifesaving sport, while encouraging healthy living and regular physical fitness. The Brampton Lifesaving Club is open to youth aged 7 – 16.

Become a Lifeguard or Instructor

View more information about the path to becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor, certification programs and employment opportunities with the City of Brampton.​

Stormwater Pond Safety

Stormwater ponds are large bodies of water that collect and hold water runoff and snowmelt from nearby homes, roads, driveways, parking lots. These bodies of water are unsafe for any recreational activities like swimming or skating. Remember to stay on designated trails when walking near the pond and keep children and pets off the shoreline and out of the water. Learn more about stormwater ponds in Brampton.​

Additional Resources

Visit the Lifesaving Society website to view additional water safety resources and download fun child-friendly activities.

Click the image below and download a printable Water Safety Week infographic:



View a list of Frequently Asked Questions or visit our Contact Us page to find additional information.​