TransCanada is proud to partner with The Lifesaving Society to grow their Swim to Survive+™ program in Ontario. Earlier this summer, TransCanada announced their new partnership with a donation of $100,000.
According to the Lifesaving Society about half of Canadian children never take traditional swimming lessons, increasing their chances of water-related injuries or drowning.
The Lifesaving Society aims to teach our children the essentials needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water as well as summer water safety skills. To date, more than 1,000 Ontario children have participated in the Swim to Survive+™ program, and expansion throughout Ontario in 2013 and 2014 is to come.
“Because of the generous support from TransCanada and other partners, we are now able to expand our Swim to Survive+™ program to reach more Grade 7 students during the school year at this critical stage of their development,” says Barbara Byers, Public Education Director, Lifesaving Society, Ontario. “By targeting this age, we hope to equip them with the practical water safety skills they need to keep themselves and their friends safe well into adulthood.”
At TransCanada, safety defines our company — so we have a strong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the families and communities where our employees live and work.
Through our commitment to become a trusted community partner, we support the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive+™ program to help keep communities throughout southern Ontario safe by preventing water-related injuries and incidents.
Whether there is a need for training and education, upgraded emergency equipment and more, TransCanada supports the men, women and organizations committed to safeguarding and building our communities.
Through our support of The Lifesaving Society, we can build long-term community capacity and education around water safety and ensure our children are well-equipped with the skills and knowledge to navigate the summer waters.
The Swim to Survive program was launched in 2005. Swim to Survive teaches children three basic skills in sequence: Roll into deep water; tread water for one minute; and swim 50 metres (statistics show that most people who drown are less than 15 metres from shore or safety). It is not meant as a replacement for standard swimming lessons; however the program is an important first step to being safe around water and could make the difference between life and death when immersion in water is sudden and unexpected. Educational resources include a video on YouTube in eight different languages.
About The Lifesaving Society
The Lifesaving Society is a full-service provider of programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning. The Society saves lives and prevent water-related injury through training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning prevention research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Each year, more than 1,000,000 Canadians participate in the Society’s swimming, lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership programs.