Swim to Survive

May 20, 2008

Blog, Making a Difference

Have you been following the news about the closure of school pools in Toronto?  Soon after hearing about these pool closures and the threat to kids learning to swim, I received this information about the situation in Guelph: 

“The Recreation service area has set a goal – “Every child in Guelph learns to swim to survive”. In an effort to reach this goal there are two projects currently in progress. The first is a partnership with the YMCA-YWCA to provide their Shark program. The Shark Program is being offered to all grade three classes in the Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School board, with the exception of one. The program is run out of five different facilities, Victor Davis Pool, West End Community Centre, Centennial Pool, YMCA-YWCA and the University of Guelph.  Funding for this project is through a generous grant from the Lifesaving Society. The second program is brand new to the City of Guelph, free Tim Hortons Swimming Lessons. These lessons will be offered this summer out of Victor Davis Pool, Centennial Pool, Lyon’s Leisure Pool and The West End Community Centre. Through the generous support of local Tim Hortons they are offered at no cost and are aimed at children who have never taken lessons before and cannot meet the Lifesaving Society “Swim to Survive” standard.”

Guelph has 289 hectares of open water, and with these initiatives we are making Guelph a safer place to live thanks to the many partners noted above.  How many hectares of open water does Toronto have?

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3 Comments on “Swim to Survive”

  1. Randy Norris Says:

    No pool closures in Guelph!
    These programs are wonderful and are a demonstration of excellence in so many ways but Guelph is not immune to the Toronto situation. A few years ago Centennial Pool was almost closed because the repair bill was deemed too high by the City and the Board of Education. The size of this bill was result of not keeping up with the regularly scheduled maintenance over a number of years. City Council should not let this happen again and should recognize the importance of all our recreation facilities.

  2. Monique Says:

    Speaking of safety around open water in Guelph. My six year old rides home from school on her bike with me over the Gordon St. at Water St. On the S.E. side, just before the bridge begins, there is a section where the grass slopes down to the river. I’m continually concerned about her losing control on her bike and falling down the slope into the river. I now make her get off her bike there, but what about other childeren. Could the city consider putting a small barricade there.

  3. Tracy Says:

    Sorry to say I do not support this program at all. It’s April 2009 and now I get a notice that my daughter who is in public school (grade 5 not 3) is now going to take off 3 separate days in her school schedule to partake in this program threw the school. Isn’t it my responsibility as a parent to ensure that my children take lessons and learn to swim? Now the school is involved but they don’t have it in their curriculum to teach cursive writing??? Whats up with that?

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