All children should learn to swim. Participants in our programs not only learn to swim, but
they also learn what they need to know to be safe around the water and how to rescue others in
In an ongoing effort and commitment to reduce the number of drowning and water-related
injuries in Mississauga and Ontario, the City of Mississauga and the Peel Board of Education
partnered with the Lifesaving Society (the organization that certifies lifeguards across the
country) to develop a water safety program called Swim-to-Survive. The program is aimed at
Grade 3 students with a goal of eliminating drowning and water-related injuries in this high
risk age group.
The Lifesaving Society Swim-to-Survive Challenge is currently available to all
Mississauga residents and is offered at all the City's indoor and outdoor pools during
Recreational Swim times this summer. It is quick and easy to find out whether you and your
children have the necessary swimming abilities to swim to survive.
The Lifesaving Society Swim-to-Survive Challenge consists of rolling into water, treading
water for 1 minute and swimming 50 metres. Certified aquatic staff will assist you in
participating in the Lifesaving Society Swim-to-Survive Challenge, evaluate your skills
and will issue a certificate of completion. Aquatic staff will also provide you with
information helpful in deciding what level of swimming lessons would be most appropriate for
For more information on the Lifesaving Society Swim-to-Survive Challenge, Recreational Swim
schedule and swimming lessons, contact your local pool.