National Drowning Prevention Week is July 21-27, 2024

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Beavermead park beach on a sunny summer day, people in sand and playing in the water

Peterborough, ON – The City of Peterborough will host its annual Swim to Survive and drowning prevention educational programs at Beavermead Park beach starting Saturday, July 13, 2024.

Swim to Survive classes are open to all age groups. There is no fee to participate. Registration is required as spaces are limited to ensure the appropriate number of instructors. To register for Swim to Survive, please visit, then select Swim to Survive under the Splash section, or call 705-742-0050.

There are two Swim to Survive sessions with three classes in each session at Beavermead Park beach. Each class is for an hour on Saturday for three consecutive weeks:

  • Session A is on July 13, 20 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Session B is on August 10, 17, and 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Swim to Survive is a Lifesaving Society designed program to teach people water safety and how to survive if they were to unexpectedly fall into deep water. This includes how to roll into deep water, how to tread water for one minute, and how to swim 50 metres.

Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

In addition to the Swim to Survive program, the City will host a drowning prevention educational event at Beavermead Park beach from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, during National Drowning Prevention Week. The drop-in event, which will be held in partnership with community groups and emergency services, will include information on water activity safety and interactive displays, such as trying on life jackets. Anyone is welcome to attend.