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The Swim to Survive Standard

Swim to Survive®

Many children say that they know how to swim, but can they really swim? Bathing is one thing; being able to swim is quite another!

The Swim to Survive program has been created by the Lifesaving Society to prevent drowning. It has been designed as an educative and active field trip.

In addition to playing a key role in drowning prevention, the program gets the children to move and gain self-confidence, and encourages them to visit aquatic facilities on a more regular basis.

The Swim to Survive program is offered to 8+ year old students (3rd to 6th grade in elementary school).

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The Standard

The Swim to Survive Standard allows to assess each child’s aquatic skills and to teach them the basic skills they need to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.

S’orienter à la surface de l’eau après une chute inattendue. Entrée par roulade
Se maintenir à la surface et repérer un lieu sûr. Nage sur place pendant 1 minute
Nager vers un endroit sécuritaire. Nage sur 50 mètres

Why these three aquatic skills?

The three aquatic skills taught through the Swim to Survive program are based on the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive Canadian Standard which sets the basic skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. A person able to perform the three basic skills in good conditions (wearing a bathing suit, in warm water) should be able to get to a safe place nearby in less favourable conditions (wearing clothes, in cold water, etc.) if an unexpected fall into deep water happens.

Overview of theoretical lessons
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Eligibility Criteria

The program must be offered to students from 3rd to 6th grade.

Only organizations located in the province of Quebec can request funding. Canadian organizations located outside of Quebec must contact the Lifesaving Society Branch of their region.

Each request can include a maximum of 15 schools. If you need to submit a funding request for more than 15 schools, please fill out more than one request.

Financial Help

To obtain funding:

  1. Make sure you are eligible for the program.
  2. Establish a partnership with the aquatic centre or the school in your region.
  3. Organize the transportation (if needed).
  4. Get a cost estimation from your partners.
  5. Fill out the funding request.

Participation Forms

Participation Request Refund Request

How does the financial help amount you can get will be determined?

Following the analysis of its participation form, the request author will be informed of the anticipated amount that will be offered as financial support by the Lifesaving Society.

The financial support amount will be determined according to the following criteria:

  • Grades 3 and 4: The funding is provided by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur. It will be allocated according to expenses incurred up to $16 by student.
  • Grades 5 and 6: The funding is provided by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. It will be allocated according to expenses incurred up to $16 by student.

Please note that following the receipt of supporting documents and students’ assessment results, the anticipated amount can be reviewed by the Lifesaving society for a greater or a lesser amount.

Conditions of participation

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