Swim to survive

TitleSwim to survive
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsByers, B
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers02-37

­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.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Why learning basic swimming survival skills is integral to reducing drownings.
  2. The benefits of delivering the program during schools hours.
  3. How to implement the Swim to Survive program in your community.