More than 2,300 Oakville students complete Swim to Survive program

Swim to Survive
More than 2,300 Oakville students complete Swim to Survive program
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Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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In recognition of Drowning Prevention Week (July 15-21), the Town of Oakville is proud to announce that more than 2,300 Grade three students recently completed its Swim to Survive drowning prevention program sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union.

Swim to Survive is a training program, primarily aimed at children, that teaches the essential skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.

“Drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under the age of 10,” said Renee Kulinski-McCann, aquatics and fitness program supervisor. “That’s why it’s so important to teach basic swimming skills to kids. Our goal is to educate them about being safer and smarter in the water.”

The Swim to Survive program took place during May and June at all five of the town’s indoor pools as well as Brookdale outdoor pool. The program is led by the Lifesaving Society and meets the Canadian Swim to Survive standards. Participants learn to roll into deep water, tread water for one-minute and swim 50 metres.


More than 14,000 Oakville children have completed the Swim to Survive program since 2007 and thanks to funding support from FirstOntario Credit Union that number will continue to grow.

“We’re proud to sponsor the Swim to Survive program as part of FirstOntario’s commitment to youth health and wellness,” said James Lefebvre, senior vice president, member experience and business services, FirstOntario Credit Union. “This important program not only provides children in the Oakville community with a healthy activity, it also teaches them an essential life-saving skill.”

The town offers a number of aquatics programs and activities focused on water safety and drowning prevention including the Lifesaving Society (LSA) Swim for Life program available at all pools. For more information, visit


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