Drowning Prevention Week | Day 1

Swim to Survive

Many drownings victims never intended to be in the water – Do you know what to do if you fall off a boat or accidentally slip into deep water?

The Swim to Survive standard defines the sequence of skills necessary to survive an unexpected fall into deep water:

ROLL – practice disorienting entries into deep water so you are prepared for what an unexpected fall feels like.

TREAD – tread water for one minute to reorient yourself and aim for shore.

SWIM – Swim 50M to safety. Research shows that many drownings occur close to safety – whether it’s the shoreline or the edge of the pool.

Come challenge your Swim to Survive skills at the UBC Aquatic Centre on July 17th. Water safety games will teach you other lifesaving skills, like how to choose a properly fitting life jacket and how to form a HELP Huddle, so you can safely explore Canada’s water rich environment this summer!

Find out more about the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive programs to learn how to protect yourself.


Don’t miss out on this free drop-in programming to learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe at the UBC Aquatic Centre – RSVP on Facebook!

Mon, July 17th 2:30–3:30PM    6:00–7:00PM

Swim to Survive

What to do when you have a disorienting fall into water

Tue, July 18th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing my Friends & Family

What to do if someone is choking, not breathing, or needs your help getting out of a dangerous water situation

Wed, July 19th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Boat buddies

How to be well prepared for safe boating

Thu, July 20th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing myself from rivers, lakes, and oceans

How to swim with tides and currents, as well as with hypothermia

Fri, July 21st 4:00–6:00PM

Water Wise Tots

What to do if a baby needs CPR or if they’re choking, and how to get in and out of water safely with your tot


Join us at the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from July 17-21. You’ll learn things like how to recognize a drowning swimmer, how to survive an unexpected fall into water, and how to save someone in need. Our lifeguards and instructors will demonstrate and teach you life-long skills so that you can stay safe while you explore the rivers, lakes, and ocean around campus this summer.