Swim to Survive+ builds on the Swim to Survive skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water: ROLL into deep water; TREAD water for 1 minute; SWIM 50 m.
The Swim to Survive+ program is geared toward presenting real-life situations for children in Grade 7. The + (plus) means participants learn:
- how to ROLL, TREAD and SWIM WITH CLOTHES ON.
- 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.
The Lifesaving Society developed the Swim to Survive+ program as a result of its drowning research and the Ontario Coroner's recommendation for a more advanced water safety program to ensure children graduating from elementary school have basic swimming and water safety skills.
The Society is paying special attention to the growing body of research that shows that the thrill seeking, pleasure seeking part of the teen brain develops at a faster rate than the judgment and impulse inhibition skills that adults have. When combined with the fact that as pre-teens and teens get older, they become more independent spending more time with their friends and less time under adult supervision.
With our Swim to Survive+ program, the Lifesaving Society provides teens with practical lifesaving skills that will prepare them for their increased independence and freedom as teens and into early adulthood.
Swim to Survive+ supporters
The Swim to Survive+ program is generously supported by:
Stephanie Gaetz KEEPSAFE Foundation
The Stephanie Gaetz Keepsafe Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of both Swim to Survive and Swim to Survive+ programs. The foundation's support enabled the Society to develop and pilot the program in 2012 with more than 1,000 children and to develop and print the required support materials.
Ontario Ministry of Education
We are grateful to the Ministry of Education for their generous financial contribution and continued support of the Swim to Survive+ school grant program. The Ministry also provides support for Grade 7 teachers delivering the in-classroom water safety lessons and facilitates communication with parents and with coordinators of the in-water sessions.
Pool People Limited
PPL Aquatic Fitness & Spa Group is one of Canada's largest swimming pool companies specializing in the design, construction, equipping, and servicing of commercial pool and fitness facilities.