Swimming survival programs can prevent drowning just as well as immunization protects against disease, says the World Health Organization in its first report on the issue.
The comparison by the prestigious global health agency is a huge shot in the arm for Ontarioâ€™s Swim to Survive program, celebrating its 10th anniversary Thursday, says the Lifesaving Society.
â€œThe WHOâ€™s report and its identification of swimming survival programs as an important drowning prevention tool is big news for us,â€ said Barb Byers of the Lifesaving Society. â€œBasically, it gives us the credentials to expand the program to other provinces.â€
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