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Sink or swim


IQALUIT — Iqaluit lifeguards, fire fighters and the Canadian Coast Guard are holding a water-safety course for children this weekend.

The event will teach kids how to be safe around water, whether they’re swimming, boating or just playing around.

Some of the city’s lifeguards and fire fighters will teach rescue breathing and cold-water survival, while the Coast Guard will discuss boat safety and show kids how to make a float plan.

The water safety day is scheduled for Saturday, July 29, from 1-5 p.m. at the curling rink. Kids aged 6-12 are invited to attend.

The event comes after a rash of drownings in Nunavut.

Two weeks ago, 10-year-old Gerry Qiyutaq drowned in a lake in Iqaluit.

Earlier this month a boating accident in Baker Lake claimed the lives of two young men. Edwin Putumiraqtuq and James Kablalik drowned after their canoe overturned. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Also this summer, two teenagers from Pond Inlet drowned after falling through the sea ice.

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