The Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters exists so that all Manitobans have the attitude, knowledge, and skill required to make informed decisions about their safety and safety of others when participating in activities in, on, or around the water and ice.
Please check back as we continue to add more information to help you keep Manitoba’s waters safe.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council will be hosting a 2-day Cold Water Rescue Instructors’ Workshop. Topics include mechanism of heat loss, thermal protecting realities, triage of the hypothermic victim, extraction techniques, re-warming, packaging for transport, and more. The Instructors’ Course will provide the tools needed to successfully teach first responders the proper rescue and re-warming techniques necessary to help save lives. The course has been postponed until October.
The course will be taught by Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht. Visit csbc.ca for more information!
Drowning prevention is a high priority in our province. The Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters, its affiliated member organizations together with the Province of Manitoba make grants available to community organizations who want to help reduce drownings by improving water safety in their communities. Apply for a one-time grant for up to two thousand five hundred ($2,500.00) dollars for your drowning prevention initiative. The deadline was October 30 for Fall 2015 Grant Applications. Decisions are forthcoming and communities will be contacted soon. Reopening in September 2016.
In February 2015, the Manitoba Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Strategy was renewed and updated for an additional five years. Members of the Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters (MCSW) participated in consultations that included reviewing the 2005 strategy and setting goals and priorities for the 2015 to 2020 plan. This strategy was created after Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors renewed the provincial injury prevention strategy. Ultimately, the vision outlined in the strategy is one of safe waters and a drowning-free Manitoba. Click Here to Read the Strategy.