Swim to Survive Advocacy Letter
The Lifesaving Society has written a standardized letter for our affiliates and community leaders to use to advocate teaching survival swimming to school-age children. This letter is easily customized and can be copied onto an organization's letterhead. All customizable fields are in CAPITAL LETTERS.
We encourage our affiliates to provide this letter to their organizational leadership to send to the Minister of Education and community elected officials to help increase awareness about drowning and to support teaching school-age children basic swimming, water safety and safe rescue skills. Using a standardized template and messaging will have a greater impact and will help to build awareness and influence decision makers.
The Lifesaving Society's Swim to Survive® program is a simple, easy and an affordable way for schools to give students a meaningful swimming experience and provide them with essential water survival skills. Swim to Survive® keeps students engaged, moving and having fun and increases their physical literacy. Inclusion is a key element of the program design and can be adapted to meet cultural considerations. The program is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Anybody can learn and anyone from a school, community organization or aquatic facility can teach the program.
For some children, particularly new Canadians, participating in Swim to Survive® will be their first step to being safe around water.