Swim to Sur­vive pro­gram gets boost

The Compass - - SPORTS -

The Carbonear Recre­ation Com­mis­sion is ex­pand­ing the Swim to Sur­vive/Peo­ple Savers Pro­gram to more schools in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion thanks to a $2,000 grant from the East­ern Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion.

The Carbonear Swim­ming Pool has been pro­vid­ing Grade 2 stu­dents in Trin­ity and Con­cep­tion Bays with the op­por­tu­nity of learn­ing ba­sic swim­ming skills and how to pre­pare them­selves for an emer­gency.

The grant will help off­set the cost of de­liv­er­ing the pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to Rob But­ton, di­rec­tor of Recre­ation and Tourism for the town of Carbonear.

The Swim to Sur­vive/Peo­ple Savers Pro­gram in­cor­po­rates four weeks of swim­ming in­struc­tion fol­lowed by four weeks of first aid train­ing.

“All par­ties in­volved have spo­ken very highly of the pro­gram and feel it has made a tremendous dif­fer­ence in the lives of stu­dents,” But­ton said.

So far nine schools have com­pleted the wa­ter por­tion of the pro­gram and will be com­plet­ing the class­room por­tion af­ter the Easter break.

The two schools to be added with the help of the grant will bring to 11 the to­tal num­ber of area schools ben­e­fit­ing from the pro­gram

The project is a joint ven­ture in­volv­ing the Ki­wa­nis Club of Carbonear, Cana­dian Tire Jump Start, the Idea Fac­tory, and the depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture and Recre­ation.

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