For 75 years, the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) has been the primary provider of water safety and swimming programs in Canada. On January 12, 2022, the CRC unexpectedly announced withdrawal of all their water safety and swimming programs in Canada, effective December 2022. As a result, this has left an urgent need for thousand of municipalities, including St. John's, to develop, implement, and deliver new water safety and swimming programs to the public beginning January 2023. The overarching long-term goal associated with this initial project, will be the creation and implementation of a new water safety and swimming program that will be accessible for residents, and work toward reducing drowning incidence in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This project has three main objectives: (1) Evaluate current water safety and swimming programs that are offered locally, nationally, and internationally to generate ideas for new curriculum; (2) Identify the unique water safety concerns present in Newfoundland and Labrador through review of recent drowning reports; and, (3) Outline a new water safety and swimming program that meets the needs of our province, and present the proposed program to local recreation and aquatic professionals.
It is our hope that through the partnership of MUN, the City of St. John's, and Recreation NL, we can develop a tailored swimming and water safety program that can educate residents on how to recreate safely in and around water.
Canadian Red Cross
St. John's, NL