Swim to Survive program offers free water safety training to more than 1,600 elementary school students

Learning the basics of swimming and survival skills in the water can save a child’s life. That’s why the Town of Oakville’s Aquatics Services program is offering its free lifesaving Swim to Survive lessons for grade three and four students in Oakville.

“Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death in Canada for those 55 years of age and under,” said Mary Ellen Maxwell, manager of Aquatic Services. “In most cases, many had no intention of even going into the water. I can’t stress how important it is for children to learn basic swimming skills.”

Swim to Survive is a Lifesaving Society survival training program that was developed to teach the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. It runs during the months of May and June at five pools in Oakville, with each student receiving three one-hour Swim to Survive lessons. The program meets the Canadian Swim to Survive standards: roll into deep water; tread water for one-minute; and, swim 50-metres.

Offered for the first time in 2007, the Swim to Survive program has seen tremendous interest in Oakville, growing from five schools and 250 students in its first year to 30 schools and 1,650 students in 2012.

The program is presented annually in partnership with the Halton District School Board and the Halton District Catholic School Board thanks to a grant that is administered by the Lifesaving Society and covers transportation costs to and from the schools, instructors and aquatic facility rentals.

This year’s participating schools include: Sheridan, Munns, Abbey Lane, Heritage Glen, Montclair, Gladys Speers, W.H. Morden, Maple Grove, Joshua Creek, Brookdale, River Oaks, Forest Trail, Sunningdale, Falgarwood, West Oak, Emily Carr, Captain R. Wilson, Palermo, James Hill, Pilgrimwood, Eastview, Pinegrove, Mother Teresa, Our Lady of Peace, St. Matthew, St. John, St. Michael, St. Andrew, St. Joseph and St. James.


For more information

Mary Ellen Maxwell
Manager of Aquatic Services
905-845-6601, ext. 3188

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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Swim to Survive program offers free water safety training to more than 1,600 elementary school students