World Drowning Prevention Day

The World Drowning Prevention Day, declared through the April 2021 UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/75/273 “Global drowning prevention”, is held annually on 25 July.

This global advocacy event serves as an opportunity to highlight the tragic and profound impact of drowning on families and communities and offer life-saving solutions to prevent it.

An estimated 236,000 people drown every year, and drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for children aged 5-14 years. More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in rivers, lakes, wells, domestic water storage vessels and swimming pools in low- and middle-income countries, with children and adolescents in rural areas disproportionately affected.

WDPD News Archive

World Drowning Prevention Day 2023

The International Life Saving Federation is joining the WHO and others to encourage ILS lifesaving organisations across the world to …

WDPD 2022 – Message from the ILS President

World Drowning Prevention Day 2022 is an important occasion when we not only celebrate the work that our member federations …

World Drowning Prevention Day 2022

Last year the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution on Global Drowning prevention in which 25th July was designated to …

World Drowning Prevention Day 25th July 2022

Today marks the day 6 months before the 2nd Annual World Drowning Prevention Day (WDPD) on 25th July 2022. The …

What ILS Members are doing for World Drowning Prevention Day

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added the idea from Water Safety Ireland of going blue for World Drowning Prevention …

What others are doing for World Drowning Prevention Day

As well as the ILS Members other organisations are also celebrating World Drowning Prevention Day. Click on the images in …