Ready, Set, Swim! Foundation teaches swimming and water safety to children, who have been referred to us by an agency, school or community organization. We teach children 6-18 year olds in 8-week sessions, three times per year. Each participant receives lessons, a bathing suit, a towel, a swim bag, shampoo, and a snack.
Why do we exist?
Ready, Set, Swim is a community-based foundation that provides swimming lessons to at-risk children and youth, including newcomers to Canada, who are among the most vulnerable to drowning. We teach water safety to children to reduce their risk of drowning in Winnipeg’s pools and rivers and in Manitoba’s lakes.
Ready, Set, Swim was started out of a need in the community. Each year, we learn that more and more people are losing their lives to water-related deaths:
Manitoba has one of the highest rates of drowning in Canada per capita
More people drown in Manitoba each year than die from impaired driving
Newcomers to Canada are 4 times more likely to drown than people born in Canada (Canadian Drowning Report - 2016 Edition, Lifesaving Society)
Ready, Set, Swim has been formed out of the need to get the most vulnerable groups – those who do not have access, those who are new to our country and those who simply can’t afford the price tag – into the water safely.
Swimming and water safety are important life skills and should be accessible to all children and youth. Knowing how to swim safely should not be a privilege; it should be a fundamental right of every child.
Every child in Canada knows the joy of playing and swimming safely in our beautiful pools, rivers and lakes.
To prevent drowning through swimming lessons and water safety education, and to promote swimming and lifesaving skills.
Please help us teach kids swimming skills and water safety by supporting our foundation. Every donation - big or small - helps!
What People Are Saying
"One of the biggest challenges with learn-to-swim programs is access and cost barriers. So, initiatives like this that strive to bring swimming to those who need it are very important in our community."
— Kevin Tordiffe, Acting CEO of the Lifesaving Society, Read More