YMCA and Cameco Launch “Swim to Survive” program

YMCA Northumberland and Cameco have partnered to launch Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive program to our local community to teach water safety, swimming techniques and lifesaving water skills to every Grade 3 student in Northumberland County. The program will be offered this spring and fall to ensure all eligible students have access to the program.

Basic swimming ability is a fundamental requirement in any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada. The Swim to Survive program was developed to increase water awareness and decrease the risks of drownings, by educating and providing practical learning components for swimming. This program will give all children the chance to learn how to survive in the event of an unexpected accident.

Children participating in the program receive in-school Water Smart® lessons and in-pool sessions at local swimming pools to cover the Swim to Survive standard: disorientating entry into the pool, tread/survival float for one minute and a 50m swim. The children also have the opportunity to practice their skills fully clothed and learn about ice and boat safety and awareness. Swim to Survive teaches children in our community crucial life skills to prevent drowning through theoretical and practical lessons; help reduce the overall number of drownings experienced each year; and increase awareness about the importance of teaching water safety skills.

Elementary schools and teachers can register their Grade 3 class for the Swim to Survive program for free at the Cobourg YMCA or by contacting Leslie Murray, General Manager by phone at (905) 372-9247 or by email at lmurray@ymcanorthumberland.com.