Warm summer weather makes people across Manitoba think about staying cool. Year after year, people flock to swimming pools or natural bodies of water across the province to get wet and beat the heat. Unfortunately, that also means that every year we see a spike in drowning deaths.

The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July (July 21-27, 2024) as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention.

This year, the City of Selkirk will be offering free programming as part of this national initiative. View details and registration below. 

Supervising Children In, On and Around Water – Sunday, July 21, 2024 4:00 pm

Join us at Selkirk Park Pool for a free information session, geared for parents/guardians of children. Our lifeguards will discuss key safety information that outlines ways to prevention drowning and how to effectively supervise children when in, on or around water. Ask questions and take away critical information to help keep your family safe. Presentation will be approximately 30-45 minutes.


Free Lifejacket Fittings – July 21-27, 2024 12:00-7:30 pm

Not sure if your lifejacket fits properly? Have questions? Not sure what to buy for your kids? Pop in to the Selkirk Park Pool & Splash Pad between 1-7:30 pm and our Pool Supervisors will properly fit you for a lifejacket, provide recommendations and answer any of your lifejacket related questions. 


Free Swim to Survive Swim Lessons – July 24, 2024 – 6:00 pm

Join us for a free water safety swim lessons, for ages 6+ (adults also welcome)! Participants will be guided through the Swim to Survive program. The Swim to Survive standard represents the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into water. Pre-registration is required for this lessons. Please register online at the link below. 

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Water Smart Contest – July 21-27, 2024
Our lifeguards will be circulating throughout the City of Selkirk, looking for people that are demonstrating Water Smart practices! Water Smart practices include things like wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, staying within arm’s reach of our child when near water, applying sunscreen, following pool rules, boating sober and so much more! 

You might see our lifeguards at the boat launch, at the Selkirk Waterfront, and of course at the Selkirk Park Pool & Splash Pad. Our lifeguards will be giving out entry tickets to those demonstrating safe water practices. Those that receive a ticket, will be entered in our prize draw. One random winner will be selected on Monday, July 29, 2024. The lucky winner will receive a water smart prize pack!

Visit the Lifesaving Society of Manitoba’s website for more information on National Drowning Prevent Week.


Click here to view the 2023 Manitoba Drowning Report. 

By choosing to register for this program, you understand that certain risks are inherent to participation in sports and recreation activities. Those that participate in these program agree to the following:

  • /we understand that all program participants are asked to self-screen prior to attending the program. Anyone experiencing cold/flu and or other illness symptoms are asked to stay home and not attend programming. This helps keep our staff and participants safe and healthy. 
  • I/we the undersigned, hereby acknowledge that certain risks of injury are inherent to participation in sports and recreational activities. These types of injuries may be minor or serious and may result from one’s actions or in-actions of others or a combination of both.
  • I/we understand that the rules and regulations are designed for the safety and protection of participants and hereby undertake to abide by these rules and regulations.
  • I/we understand that certain activities require a minimum level of fitness and health (physical, mental and emotional) and that each person has a different capacity of participating in these activities.
  • I/we agree to allow my child to participate in off-campus field trips that may require the use of public transportation.
  • I/we agree that the City of Selkirk and/or its employees, servants or agents shall not be liable for any injury to any
    person or loss or damage to personal property arising from, or in any way resulting from, my or my child’s participation in these activities, unless such injury, loss or damage is caused solely by the negligence of the City or its employees, servants, or agents while acting.
  • I/we agree that we have read and understood the above Informed Consent Agreement in its entirety and hereby consent to participate acknowledging all the foregoing.

Need assistance or have questions about City of Selkirk programs, contact Citizen Support!

Email: [email protected]

Call: (204) 785-4900