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Vancouver To Host Free Drowning Prevention Program

The Vancouver Park Board has partnered with the Lifesaving Society and Lifegard Outreach Societies to offer local youth a drowning prevention program.

Swim to Survive, will take place free of charge on Friday, July 22 at the Kitsilano Pool.

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The event will take on 600 youths from Vancouver and educate basic training in three essential skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.

The all day program is open to those between the ages of 7 to 18, with sessions running in two-hour blocks.

Not to be confused with swimming lessons, the program is still of high value considering their was sixty-five drowning deaths in British Columbia last year, with many of them involving youth and young adults.

Drowning is currently the second leading cause of preventable death in Canada.

“The expansion of aquatic facilities and services in Vancouver is a top priority for this Board,” says Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Our support for Swim to Survive demonstrates our commitment to equip youth with the skills to safely enjoy our wonderful pools and beaches.”

Click HERE to register and reserve your spot.


Image via Clayton Perry Photoworks

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