TORONTO – Tweens that are new to Canada are more at risk of drowning than their Canadian-born peers.
That’s according to a new study from the Lifesaving Society.
It says that new Canadians are five times more likely to be unable to swim.
Carl Shier with the Lifesaving Society says it’s because they aren’t used to being around this much water.
“That’s the reality. Canada has a great history of having swimming lessons for our children and they have not been afforded that same opportunity.”
The study says nearly three quarters of new Canadians who can swim, learned to do it in Canada. Shier says they’re trying to address the problem by talking with parents.
“Emphasizing the importance and the simplicity of how easy it is to get the education they need. They just have to have that willingness to be supportive, understand that their culture may not have been around water but they are now here, and this is a reality.”
The study also found that despite not being able to swim, most of the tweens still take part in activities around water.