So far this summer there have been 34 drowning related deaths, and that’s a number one Kamloops lifeguard is hoping he can help keep down.
After five possible drowning deaths since June at Harrison Lake, lifeguard Paul Wechselberger says there needs to be more drowning prevention education.
Paul Wechselberger has founded the Lifeguard Outreach Society.
He and a team of volunteers travel around the province to teach communities about drowning prevention.
“So we go to places that don’t have access to these swimming programs and we teach these people how to fall into the water, and swim to safety. We teach parents how to rescue kids without putting themselves at risk because lots of parents aren’t strong swimmers.”
Wechselberger says swimming lessons and warning signs can only do so much.
“So with Harrison Hot Springs, they don’t need more signs, and the people who drown, these are just regular people who took risks. So putting up more signs, and telling people they need more common sense isn’t the right answer, it’s education.”
Wechselberger says throughout the winter, the Lifeguard Outreach Society hopes to reach out to more communities, and enlist more lifeguards in their program.
More information can be found on the Society’s Facebook page.