More than 2,300 Oakville students complete Swim to Survive program

Friday, July 21, 2017

In recognition of Drowning Prevention Week (July 16-21), the Town of Oakville is proud to announce that more than 2,300 Grade 3 students recently completed its Swim to Survive drowning prevention program sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union.

Swim to Survive is a training program, primarily aimed at children, that teaches the essential skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.

“Drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 and learning basic swimming skills is incredibly important,” said Renee Kulinski-McCann, program supervisor of Aquatics and Fitness. “We’re proud to host this program so that children in Oakville can learn how to be safer and smarter in the water.”

The Swim to Survive program took place during May and June at all five of the town’s indoor pools as well as Brookdale outdoor pool. The program is led by the Lifesaving Society and meets the Canadian Swim to Survive standards – participants learn to roll into deep water, tread water for one minute and swim 50 metres.

More than 12,000 Oakville children have completed the Swim to Survive program since 2007 and thanks to funding support from FirstOntario Credit Union, that number will continue to grow.

“We reinvest our profits in the communities we serve because we believe investing in people brings the highest returns,” said James Lefebvre, senior vice president, Member Experience and Business Services, FirstOntario Credit Union. “We’re proud to sponsor the Swim to Survive program and provide the opportunity for education, awareness and practice of this essential life skill for kids in the Oakville community.”

The town offers a number of aquatics programs and activities focused on water safety and drowning prevention including the Lifesaving Society (LSS) Swim for Life program available at all pools. For more information, visit our Swim to Survive page.