The Lifesaving Society's Canadian Swim-to-Survive® Standard defines the essential minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. The Society recognizes that there is a wide range of aquatic training well beyond this minimum.
The Lifesaving Society's Swim to Survive Program consists of:
- 3 in-water lessons of 1 hr. each, focusing on a sequence of 3 skills: Roll entry - Tread water 1 min. - Swim 50 m
- 3 in-classroom water safety lessons.
What is a Swim to Survive School Program grant?
A Swim to Survive grant may only be used to help provide a minimum of 3 in-water Swim to Survive lessons to Grade 3 children within an elementary school program, during school hours. Grant funds may be used to help defray the costs of:
- transporting students between school and pool
- instructor costs
- aquatic facility rental costs
The Lifesaving Society aims to reach as many Ontario Grade 3 students as possible with Swim to Survive training. Because grant funds are limited, the Society is relying upon the generosity of participating school boards and their partners to support this program with matching service and in-kind sponsorship.
Who may apply for a grant?
Any Ontario school board with its own aquatic facilities is eligible to apply. So too is a partnership of school boards or schools with others like regional governments, municipalities, and aquatic facilities. We encourage all Ontario school boards to apply. The Lifesaving Society will accept applications from individual elementary schools in districts where the school board is not participating.
How are grants approved?
A Lifesaving Society selection committee determines grant recipients on the basis of the criteria outlined below. The Lifesaving Society will allocate grants across the 6 Ontario Ministry of Education regional areas:
- Toronto and Area
- North Bay/Sudbury
- Thunder Bay
Effort will be made to allocate grants within each region to both rural and urban locations, separate and public school boards, English and French school boards.
The Lifesaving Society will only fund applicants who have the capacity to execute the Swim to Survive School Program successfully.
Priority is given to:
- incorporated organizations such as school boards, schools, municipalities, YMCAs
- boards and schools with confirmed access to aquatic facilities
- applicants with additional cash or in-kind support for transportation, facility and instructional staff costs in addition to the Lifesaving Society grant
In reviewing applications, the Lifesaving Society evaluates:
- Community support including volunteer time, contributions from other organizations, cash or in-kind support from corporate sponsors or individual donors.
- Grant-per-student ratio. Because the Society aims to deliver survival training to as many students as possible, the grant-per-student becomes an important factor in maximizing the impact of the available funds. A grant request for $5 per student is low and excellent. A grant request for $10 per student is fair. A grant request for more than $15 per student is high. The Society seeks applicants with maximum facility grant requests of $40 per hour and maximum instructional staff grant requests of $15 per hour.
- Ability to provide proof of insurance coverage for participants during transportation and during in-water lessons.
When may I apply?
The Lifesaving Society accepts applications on or before the deadline dates below. We confirm approval in writing within 6 weeks of receipt of the applications and post the names of successful applicants on our website.
Please note there will only be one application deadline for the 2019/20 school year.
June 14, 2019 - Application Deadline
September 3, 2019 - Notification Deadline
How do I apply?
Complete and submit the application form.
When is grant money paid?
The Lifesaving Society releases grant funds only after completion of the Swim to Survive Program and once the Society has received the required final reports:
- Swim to Survive worksheets signed by the instructor(s)
- Activity Report signed by the contact for the board of education / school
- Activity Report signed by the contact for the aquatic facility
The Society will also be looking for the feedback forms from the school teacher(s) and swim instructor(s). Feedback forms from participants and their parents are also welcome.
Approved grants will be revoked if the Grant Reimbursement Report and Activity Report are not received by the Lifesaving Society within 24 months of School Program completion.
Note: The Society's Swim to Survive Schools Program is supported with public funds and may be audited by the Government of Ontario. All Swim to Survive grant applications are public documents that may be reviewed by auditors of boards of education, municipalities or viewed by media.
Where does the grant money come from?
Barbara Underhill's Stephanie Gaetz KEEPSAFE Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of the Swim to Survive Program. The Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health Promotion have provided substantial funding. The Jays Care Foundation, the Lifesaving Foundation, individual donors and the Lifesaving Society itself have provided additional funding.
If you have questions about the program or application, contact Lifesaving Society Public Education Manager Lori Groves.
Phone - 416-490-8844
Fax - 416-490-8766