As part of National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) which is a public awareness campaign o build community and media support for the drowning prevention cause, the Mission Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is hosting a Swim to Survive Activity on Saturday July 24. This activity will be provided during all of the family swim sessions. To register visit mission.ca/register.
Swim to Survive is a 15 to 20 minute activity lead by a lifeguard that teaches the essential minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. A great learning experience for those who enjoy water activities such as boating, kayaking/canoeing or those who visit lakes, beaches and backyard pools. All ages are welcome to participate (children 6 years and under must be accompanied by a swimming adult) and a certificate of completion will be awarded.
- Roll into deep water – Orientate oneself at the surface after an unexpected entry.
- Tread water for 1 minute – Support oneself at the surface to locate the nearest point of safety.
- Swim 50 metres – Reach the closest point of safety by using any method of swimming.
Standards can also be met while wearing a PFD Lifejacket.