Swim to Survive for All

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There is an average of 250,000 immigrants coming to Canada each year. Many immigrants that are new to Canada, especially tweens/teens, are at a higher risk of drowning. Drowning is one of the top causes of death in children and research done by the Lifesaving Society shows that tweens(11-14) who are new to Canada are five times more likely to be unable to swim than those who were born in Canada. Swimming and water related activities are a vital part of Canadian culture, such as boating, canoeing, and swimming. So far, the Lifesaving Society and the Ontario Ministry of Education have made many efforts to address this issue. For example, the Ontario Ministry of Education has worked with the Lifesaving Society to provide all grade three and some grade seven students, across Ontario, Swim to Survive lessons. By teaching the Swim to Survive program to students, it teaches the basic skills needed to survive in water. In order to improve Canada’s water safety for people of all ages, especially young immigrants, each of the provinces/territories should take more steps to providing Swim to Survive lessons to children and tweens throughout Canada, not just Ontario, as well as make swim and water safety information more accessible to everyone. Some problems associated with this particular issue may be funding for more Swim to Survive programs, and the lack of awareness to how important this issue is.