National Drowning Prevention Week underway in Nova Scotia

This week is statistically the most likely one of the year for drownings to occur because of the high number of people spending time in the water, according to the Lifesaving Society of Nova Scotia (LFNS).

Most drownings occur with males between 18 and 35

The Lifesaving Society of Nova Scotia is hanging lifejackets on trees across the province to remind people to wear the devices. (CBC/Shaina Luck)

This week is statistically the most likely one of the year for drownings to occur because of the high number of people spending time in the water, according to the Lifesaving Society of Nova Scotia (LFNS).

Monday marked the first day of National Drowning Prevention Week.

According to the lifesaving society, almost 90 per cent of drownings in recent years were male, mostly between 18 and 35 years of age.

The organization's executive director says people spending time on the water still need to be reminded to wear lifejackets.

"Some people might not have seen them since they were kids, when lifejackets were a lot bulkier, they were uncomfortable, they were warm and now as you can see from the one that I have on, they're actually quite comfortable," said Richardson.

He says boaters are the ones who usually drown — not swimmers.

"Oftentimes it's small boats, aluminum boats, canoes, people that are fishing close to shore,” he said.

On average, between 13 and 20 people drown every year in Nova Scotia.

This year, seven people have drowned to date.