It was during a press conference held at the Piscine Annie-Pelletier on May 6 that Montreal announced a $200,000 contribution to the Swim to Survive program. This important investment will help schools on the island offer the program to grade-three students, who will learn how to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.

Past projects carried out in the city’s schools clearly showed that there generally is a higher risk of drowning for young Montrealers if they were to fell into water; the Swim to Survive standard (rolling into water to simulate disorientation, treading water for 1 minute and swimming 50 m) was only successfully achieved by 3 out of 10 Montreal students between 2010 and 2015. In a bid to increase their chances of survival, and to make pupils as well as parents understand the difference between swimming or splashing around and actually swimming, the Lifesaving Society will use Montreal’s contribution to financially support any organization (school, aquatic facility, etc.) who wish to offer Swim to Survive.

How can you offer Swim to Survive to a class of grade-three students? Read all about the program and available grants in the Swim to Survive section (under Services) on our Website!

Lifesaving Society press release about Montreal’s financial contribution (In French only)


Photo credit: Ville de Montréal - Éric Bolté