We Learn to “Swim to Survive”

On Tuesday, the grade three students from SJAM went by bus to the Aquatic Centre to go swimming so we could learn to survive in deep water. After changing into our swimsuits, we went to the big pool and did a swim test. Then, we put on red lifejackets, and practiced kicking and swimming to the deep end. Next, we practiced rolling into deep water, and treading water. After taking off the lifejackets, we played games in the warm therapy pool. We had a great day!
by Nathanyal and Mr. Forgrave

Class 3F and Class 3/2B went swimming on June 2, 2015 at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center to practice to Swim to Survive. We got to the pool and everyone changed into their swimming clothes. When everyone was changed, we took the swim test. When everyone was done the swim test, we got arranged into groups. Our group did rolls which were pretty easy. Then, we swam to the shallow end and back, and finally we got free time. We had lots of fun!
by Aashvi, Raj, and Mahek

On Tuesday, June 2, Class 3F took a bus to the Wellness Centre for Swim to Survive. The instructors checked our skill level and put us into groups. Our group was Gary, Krish, Dairy, Reade, Miah, Lyla. After we made the groups, we tread water, rolled into the water, and swam 50 m. Then we went back on the bus and headed back to school. We had lots of fun!
by Giri, Krish, and Miah

The middle grouped learned swimming so we won’t sync. Rishi, Sharon, Abby, Addison, Carter, and Cal all practiced the front crawl and the back crawl. Then we did some diving and jumping. We did it at the Quinte Sports Centre so we can learn to swim. If we fall in the water by mistake we want to be able to get back out. We went by a bus so Class 3F and 3/2B could fit and we all could go at once. That’s why we went to the Quinte Sports Centre.
by Rishi and Sharon

On Tuesday the grade threes went to the Wellness Centre to do “Swim to Survive.” We learned how to roll into water, tread water, and swim. We started at the shallow end and swim to the deep end. We got to jump in the water and cannonball. Our group rolled into the water, swam to the middle of the pool, and treaded water. Then our group walked to the therapy pool. We were told not to pass the middle line because it was deep past there. We had an amazing time at the Wellness Centre. We can’t wait to go back next Tuesday!
by Kyerah, Caitlyn, and Chesea

On Tuesday, Class 3F went to the Wellness Centre for Swim to Survive. First, we had to do the swimming test. Second, we learned how to roll in the water. We treaded water for 10 seconds, then for 30 seconds, then we did it for 60 seconds. That’s what we did at Swim to Survive. We had fun!
by Reade and Lyla

About Swim to Survive

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The Lifesaving Society defines the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. These are expressed in a skill sequence in the Canadian Swim to Survive standard:

  • ROLL into deep water
  • TREAD water for one minute
  • SWIM 50 metres

Swim to Survive is aimed primarily at children, but people of all ages should be able to perform the Society’s Swim to Survive standard.

More information about the Swim to Survive program is available from The Lifesaving Society website.

One thought on “We Learn to “Swim to Survive””

  1. Thank you, students in 3F, for sharing your awesome experiences from the first of three “Swim to Survive” sessions! It sounds like you learned a lot… and had lots of fun doing it! I’m looking forward to hearing about the next visit to the pool.

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