Swimming, unlike knowing how to perfect your soccer penalty kick, is a survival skill. Our property is on the water and here in Ontario’s cottage country, we spend our summers at the beach and swimming. It’s more than learning technique when your children take swimming lessons — water safety skills
are built into the curriculum for a reason. As a former lifesaving instructor, I often saw students lacking these skills in my own courses and when I failed them, it was their first time failing at anything. A strong foundation sets the scene for successful future lifeguards.