Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nanaimo Swim to Survive Program Helps 940 Kids

The Lifesaving Society of B.C. recently presented City of Nanaimo and School District 68 representatives with a cheque for $21,972 to help fund the 'Swim to Survive' program.

From February until the middle of April the program will see that all grade 3 children in School District 68 will have had the opportunity to participate in the program which prepares children for an unexpected fall into deep water.

The program will see 941 children in the district engage in three classroom sessions and three sessions in the water at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre which, as the name implies, will teach them how to swim to survive should they find themselves suddenly in deep water.

The city and school district have joined hands to see the program is available to all children regardless of any boundaries that might limit participation. The school district teachers participate in the parent notifications etc. and also provides transportation to and from the pool. Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and the Environment staff provide instruction at the pool which will make participants able to survive should they fall into deep water.

Kudos for an excellent and potentially lifesaving program.


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