https://rotaryguelph.ca/Stories/ken-hammill-guelph-icon-and-rotarianChildren & Youth Committee at Rotary Club of Guelph
SHARKS PROGRAM
 
SHARKs (Safe Healthy Aquatic Recreation for Kids) is an innovative and exciting swim program provided by the Guelph Y to all Grade 3 and 5 students in the city of Guelph.  It is the only program of its kind and is offered to all public, private and catholic elementary school students in Guelph. Guelph Y has partnered with the Lifesaving Society, City of Guelph and University of Guelph to bring this program to 100% of Grade 3 and 5 students in Guelph, free of cost.
 

For some of these kids,  it is their first time touching water outside of a bathtub and so, the program also teaches water safety awareness to new swimmers, as well as gives them time to play and become comfortable in the water.

The SHARKs program teaches the Lifesaving Society's "Swim to Survive" curriculum of surviving a sudden and unexpected fall into deep water. With SHARKs training, the children of Guelph learn how to:
·       recover from a fall into the water
·       tread water until rescuers arrive
·       swim to safety
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph has long sponsored this amazing program for local children, and is proud that one of the program's original advocates was Rotarian Ken Hamill. Read more about Ken  here