Swim to Survive programs help ensure water safety
July 26, 2019
Global Korean Post
Swim to Survive is different than swimming lessons – and not a replacement for them. Swim to Survive teaches just the essentials needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water – an important first step to being safe around water.
Mayor John Tory and Barbara Byers, Public Education Director for the Lifesaving Society, shared information on how Swim to Survive programs help ensure water safety in Toronto.
A Swim to Survive demonstration was presented along with media conference on Friday, July 19, at Leaside Park Outdoor Pool take place.
Swim to Survive teaches the essential skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water — an important first step to being safe around water. The City of Toronto, in partnership with the lifesaving society and school boards, funds and delivers Swim to Survive programming to more than 15,000 grade-four students each year. The Swim to Survive program is also delivered daily at pools across the city, in an effort to provide children with the basic knowledge of water safety.
The Lifesaving Society defines the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water and the followings skills make up the Canadian Swim to Survive standard:
• Roll into deep water
• Tread water for one minute
• Swim 50 metres
Swim to Survive programming is primarily provided to children, but people of all ages can take steps to ensure they can perform the Society’s Swim to Survive standard.
The City’s Learn to Swim programs provide a full range of classes for swimmers of every skill level. Each program gives the participant the opportunity to increase their knowledge of water safety and improve swimming skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.