“This event will provide hundreds of children, youth and adults with some basic awareness and lifesaving skills that will someday save a life, their own or that of a loved one. The Lifesaving Society’s objective is to prevent drownings and Swim to Survive training will certainly help to decrease the number of water-related tragedies in BC,”
-Dale Miller, Executive Director of the BC & Yukon branch, Lifesaving Society in the initial Swim to Survive Day Vancouver 2016 press release.
The Lifeguard Outreach Society's Vision
The Lifeguard Outreach Society's mission is to teach swimming survival and lifesaving skills to isolated communities as well as highlight the vulnerability of children to the dangers of drowning. As Canadians head out each summer to enjoy the lakes, rivers, and oceans at home or across the country we want every child to be able to survive an unexpected fall into open water. The Lifeguard Outreach Society is a partner in Swim to Survive Day where our volunteers teach swimming survival, reach isolated urban communities, and through wide media coverage are able to spread the message of Swim to Survive across all media channels. Beyond preventing drownings, empowering youth, and building community we hope the Lifeguard Outreach Society's impact as a partner for Swim to Survive Day will to engage lifeguards to realize the real impact they have on public health in Canada.
We believe in the Lifesaving Society's mission to prevent drownings and in the Swim to Survive program. As a proud affiliate of the Lifesaving Society we are excited to partner with the provincial branches for Swim to Survive Day to promote the Society and its mission. The Swim to Survive Day event promotes the Lifesaving Society brand, provides new levels of marketing and exposure, and engages an entire city directly and indirectly to participate in drowning prevention. Host cities, who are also Lifesaving Society affiliates, are able to engage with the community and leverage the event for marketing and social media exposure.
Swim to Survive Day teaches swimming survival and lifesaving skills, are public education opportunities, and bring a city together over a leading cause of preventable death.
2017 Swim To Survive Days
May 26th Swim to Survive Day Clayoquot Sound
Lifeguard Outreach Society and Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon Branch will be working with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation to run a Swim to Survive Day on the site of the old residential school as a reconciliation event. We will reach 20 children and add cultural adaptations such as completing the S2S standard from a traditional dugout canoe. This event is an example of how the event can be adapted to meet community priorities.
May 28th Swim to Survive Day Victoria - Proof of Concept
Lifeguard Outreach Society, Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon and District of Saanich taught 60 youth at the Commonwealth Games Pool.
June 9th, 10th, and 11th Swim to Survive Day Vancouver
Lifeguard Outreach Society, Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon,and Vancouver Park Board taught 1300 youth at Kitsalano, Second Beach, and New Brighton Pool.
We would like to work with Oak Bay Recreation to host Swim to Survive Day Victoria during the 2018 season in partnership with the Lifesaving Society to bring Swim to Survive Day events to Victoria in May or June this year. We hope to work together to run Swim to Survive Day this summer.