|Title||Swim to survive|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
In pursuit of its mission to eliminate drowning and water-related injury in Canada, the Lifesaving Society launched the Swim to Survive program which outlines the minimum standard of swimming ability necessary for survival in Canada. The Swim to Survive program has been designed to be easy to learn but effective in preventing drowning in Canada-especially among children.
It is simple, straightforward and focused. It defines the essential minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall in to deep water. The program teaches 3 skills, in 3 lessons in 3 hours and is targeted at grade 3 students. The goal is ensure that all children in Canada achieve the Swim to Survive Standard before graduation from elementary school.
The program was launched with great success in June 2005. School boards and municipalities work together to deliver the program during school hours. This drowning prevention program aims to reduce drownings by 50 percent within 10 years.
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