Lifejacket Loaner Station

Focus on Water Smart drowning prevention efforts

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is working to save lives and to prevent water-related injury. In 2017, there were 52 people who became victims of a water-related fatalities in Alberta. Sixty percent (60%) of these drownings occurred in the months of May through September.

In partnership with the Lifesaving Society, the City will focus on Water Smart drowning prevention efforts through training and prevention programs. Young children are one of the population segments who are most at-risk. Parents can make a significant difference in keeping their young children safer in the water. Making young children wear lifejackets saves lives.

Harbour Pool will be opening a Lifejacket Loaner Station in front of the pool starting May 24, 2022, until September 5, 2022. Loaner lifejackets will be free to borrow for one (1) day and then returned after use at the Harbour Pool. The loaner station will be open when the reception desk is open for pick-up and drop-off. The community is encouraged to reach out to pool staff if they are needing a lifejacket outside of these times. Reception desk hours can be found on our schedule at fortsask.ca/swim.

The lifejackets are stocked and cleaned after each use. Multiple sizes are available and Harbour Pool staff will assist you in how to choose the right size and teach you how to properly put them on. However, lifejackets are to be used at your own risk.

Lifejacket loaner station

Residents and visitors to the City of Fort Saskatchewan are also encouraged to practice safe and responsible boating behaviours, such as completing a safe boating course, wearing a lifejacket, properly equipping and inspecting their vessels, and never mixing alcohol with boating.

It is hoped that this program will keep our young children and everyone else safer in the water this season. For more information, please visit fortsask.ca/swim.

 


Fort Saskatchewan, home to more than 27,000 people, is a vibrant economic and cultural hub located in Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, just 15 minutes northeast of Edmonton. The City of Fort Saskatchewan proudly manages recreation, culture and historic amenities including a performing arts theatre and a fitness centre within the Dow Centennial Centre and the historic 1875 – 1885 NWMP Fort Representation in the heart of downtown. Located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Fort Saskatchewan boasts more than 80 km of paved trails along with many natural areas for residents to explore. As a City, we believe in diversity and inclusion and are working toward creating a city where all residents are respected and have a sense of belonging.