“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 200 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
Lifeguard Outreach Society, Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon, will partner with the District of Saanich to teach 1000 youth at the Commonwealth Games Pool.
June 1st and 2nd Swim to Survive Day Kamloops
Lifeguard Outreach Society, Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon, will partner with the City of Kamloops to teach 2000 youth at the Canada Games Pool over two days.
June 4th Swim to Survive Day Kelowna
Lifeguard Outreach Society, Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon, will partner with the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the City of Kelowna to teach 500 to 1000 youth.
June 9th, 10th, and 11th Swim to Survive Day Vancouver
Lifeguard Outreach Society, Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon, will partner with the City to teach 3000 youth at three different community pools in Vancouver.
June 14th Swim to Survive Day Prince George
Lifeguard Outreach Society, Lifesaving Society BC & Yukon, will partner with the City of Prince George to teach 1000 youth Swim to Survive.
We would like to continue from Prince George and head to Edmonton to partner with the Alberta Lifesaving Society to bring Swim to Survive Day to Alberta in the middle of June. We hope to work together to run Swim to Survive Day Edmonton and Calgary.