TRURO - Following the success of the Swim to Survive program – which is teaching 85 per cent of Nova Scotia Grade 3 students essential swimming survival skills – the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society is launching Swim to Survive for Adults.
Swim to Survive for Adults is a free program taking place on June 10, 17, and 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. The program is targeted towards recent immigrants, and open for all aged 12 and older.
“Swim to Survive is the most substantial drowning prevention program ever undertaken in Nova Scotia,” says Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society executive director Gordon Richardson, in a news release. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to teach more people essential drowning prevention skills.”
The new program will follow the same format as the original Swim to Survive program. Each session will focus on a different swimming survival skill. The three skills are: rolling into deep water, treading water for one minute and swimming 50 metres. The program is funded through Thrive!, the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia.
This follows the conclusion of two other Swim to Survive programs at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax, in cooperation with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programming. Both taught essential swimming survival skills to recent immigrants.
To register for the program, contact Esther Bejarano of the Truro YMCA at (902) 899-4573.