Valley students pick up lifesaving techniques
MISSISSAUGA — Grade 7 students from The Valleys Senior Public School learned about life saving techniques from a reliable source last week.
Former world champion Paralympic swimmer Andrew Haley visited Terry Fox Pool at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre to guide the students through the Lifesaving Society of Ontario's Swim to Survive+ program.
Students were instructed to keep their clothes on while swimming in an effort to simulate real-life scenarios. They were taught to roll, tread and swim with clothes on as well as the essentials required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.
Students were also required to roll into water, tread for a minute and swim 50 metres.
Since the Swim to Survive+ program was brought to Ontario in 2012, more than 1,000 children have participated in it across the province.
The Lifesaving Society was able to instill the program regionally this year thanks to additional funding from PPL Aquatic, Fitness & Spa Group and TransCanada Corporation.
Swim to Survive
Staff photo by Rob Beintema
Students from The Valleys Senior Public School took part in the Lifesaving Society of Ontario's Swim to Survive+ program at Terry Fox Pool at Mississauga Valley Community Centre Wednesday (Apr 30). From right Andrew Mitchell of sponsoring Transcanada Pipelines, Councillors Frank Dale, Chris Fonseca and Ron Starr, along with organizers of the event.