Swim to Survive

Swim to Survive and Swim to Survive+ are Lifesaving Society
survival training programs.

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The Society defines the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. These are expressed in a skill sequence in the Canadian Swim to Survive standard:

  • ROLL into deep water
  • TREAD water forĀ one minute
  • SWIM 50 metres

Swim to Survive is aimed primarily at children, but people of all ages should be able to perform the Society's Swim to Survive standard.

Click here to learn more about Swim to Survive or go directly to the School Grant Program / Programme Scolaire.


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Swim to Survive Plus builds on the skills taught in Swim to Survive. The + (plus) means participants learn:

  • how to help a friend in deep water without putting themselves in danger (TALK, REACH, THROW).
  • basic physical fitness concepts through interval training and a fitness swim.

Swim to Survive+ is geared toward presenting real-life situations for children in Grade 7.

Click here to learn more about Swim to Survive+.

Swim to Survive 50/50 raffle

To date, more than one million students have learned survival swimming skills in Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive programs in more than 50 school boards across Ontario.

We need your support to continue to grow and develop the Swim to Survive program so that every child in Ontario has the opportunity to learn how to swim.

The draw date for our next raffle is November 29. Tickets can be purchased for 3/$5, 10/$10 or 40/$20.

Buy Tickets Now.

Half of all funds raised in the Swim to Survive 50/50 raffle go to the lucky winner of each draw; the remaining half will support the teaching of survival swimming skills to Grade 3 and Grade 7 students in Ontario. It's a win/win!