Swim to Survive+ (Plus)

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 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.


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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.

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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. The company has a recreational staffing and lifeguard supply division that provides over 60 full-time and 150 seasonal lifeguards and recreational attendants to apartments and condominiums across the GTA.

PPL Aquatic and Fitness & Spa Group contributed substantially to Swim to Survive and now provides significant funding for Swim to Survive+. For more information, visit: www.pplgroup.com

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Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation's mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community based initiatives. The Foundation provides grants to Ontario's charitable and not-for-profit organizations working in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors.

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Ontario Ministry of Education

While the Ministry of Education is not financially contributing to the Swim to Survive+ program, the Society is grateful for the Ministry's support of Grade 7 teachers delivering the in-classroom water safety lessons and facilitating communication with parents and with coordinators of the in-water sessions.