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Swim to Survive program 2017

We are pleased that our Grade 3 students will be participating in the "Swim to Survive" program in the upcoming weeks beginning this Wednesday.

The "Swim to Survive" program was developed by the Lifesaving Society, to provide Grade 3 students the basic skills required to survive an unexpected fall into water.

The disturbing statistic is that over 400 people drown each year in Canada. Basic swimming ability is a fundamental requirement in any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning.  

Swim to Survive” is a drowning prevention program that aims to reduce drowning by 50% within 10 years.  In particular, the program teaches the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water which include rolling into deep water, treading water for one minute and swimming fifty metres. The Lifesaving Society in partnership with York Region District School Board offers this program free of charge to Grade 3 age students for those schools who apply. We are pleased that Westminster was granted this opportunity for our students. Our Grade 3 students will be going to three sessions January 18, 25th and February 1 

We encourage all parents to consider providing their children with swimming instruction to make sure that children of all ages have the skills to survive when in the water. Water safety is crucial to save lives. With the summer season approaching we hope you all have many opportunities to have fun and enjoy water play in safety.  

Swimming anyone?!


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