Swim to Survive®


“Acquisition of basic swimming ability is a fundamental requirement in any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada.”

-Lifesaving Society Position Statement, 2000
Swim to Survive


IMG 0034The Swim to Survive® Program was designed as an important first step in learning self rescue skills needed to be safe in and around water. Swim to Survive® could make the difference between life and death when immersion in water is sudden and unexpected.

 Just as riding a bike takes practice, learning to swim is not an innate skill - it must be taught. The Lifesaving Society estimates that only about half of Canadian children will take traditional swimming lessons, althought "swimming" is the second most popular recreational activity in children between the ages of 5 - 12.

Although Swim to Survive® is target to children, it is something everyone of all ages shoudl be able to do. It can be ran as part of swimming lessons or it can be delivered as its own program.

Our research shows most drownings occur close to safety.  The Society believes if every child in Canada could pass the Swim to Survive® Standard, it would reduce the number of drownings by as much as 70%.

Do you have a group of people that would like to accomplish the Swim to Survive® challenge (Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, church group, summer camp, school group)? Contact the Lifesaving Society for more information.