Swim to Survive program gets boost
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.