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City of Mississauga Partnership Program to Benefit From $102,480 Swim To Survive Grant

Jan 11, 2012

The City of Mississauga's partnership with the Lifesaving Society will benefit more than 5,000 Grade 3 students in Mississauga through a $102,480 grant from the society's "Swim to Survive" School Grant Program. The City has offered the "Swim to Survive" program for seven years and has helped approximately 20,000 children to learn life-saving swim survival skills since its launch in 2005/06.

"We encourage participation of the Swim to Survive School Program as it teaches children skills that will potentially prevent them from drowning," said Stu Taylor, acting director of Recreation and Parks. "We are thrilled to receive this grant, as it will allow us to continue to provide this valuable program in our community."

The City of Mississauga was the first municipality to offer the Swim to Survive program through its partnership with Barbara Underhill's Stephanie Gaetz KEEPSAFE Foundation and the Lifesaving Society.

Taylor added: "Swim to Survive does not replace traditional swimming lessons. It provides the essential minimal skills to enable a child to survive an unexpected fall into deep water and encourages them to continue in swimming lessons. Swim to Survive focuses on achieving a single skill sequence - roll into deep water, tread water for one minute and swim 50 metres."

The Swim to Survive School Grant Program is made possible by grants from the Ontario Ministry of Education; the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion; $100,000's in donations from Barbara Underhill's Stephanie Gaetz KEEPSAFE Foundation; the Lifesaving Foundation and many individual and corporate donors.

"The Lifesaving Society is delighted to have provided Swim to Survive grants to our partner municipalities who have together trained more than 410,000 children since the school grant program began,” said Barbara Byers, public education director with the Lifesaving Society.

For more information on the City of Mississauga's "Swim to Survive" program visit

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