REC REPORT: Learning how to swim

Grand Forks Recreation is offering swimming lessons beginning on July 9.

Swimming lessons are a life-long skill that has proven to be valuable.

An average of 400 Canadians drown each year in Canada and the ability to swim is important but swimming skills alone aren’t always enough. Learning water safety is the key to preventing an emergency in or on the water, and also teaches what to do if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

June 2 to 10 is Water Safety week in Canada, an annual campaign to educate Canadians on how to stay safe around water and prevent drowning incidents.

During this week, we will be offering the swim to survive challenge during our public swim hours. Check out the Canadian Red Cross webpage for more details on safety tips.

To kick off water safety week, we will be offering a Boat Pro Course on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the arena viewing room.

Pre-registration is required.  Instructor Mike Fairweather with Power Sail and Squadron provides current and up-to-date information about safe boating.


It is the law that you must carry an operator’s license with you while you are operating a motorized boat.

Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) offers swim lessons for all ages from six-months to seniors. The next set of lessons will starts Monday, July 9, with a new session starting weekly throughout the summer. Space is limited so please call today reserve the week that best for you.


If you are 16 years or older, love working with children and have a love for water, a career in aquatics might be for you.

The water safety instructor course teaches you the proper techniques and skills to teach children and adults how to swim. The Grand Forks Aquatic Centre will be offering a course from Monday, July 2 to Friday, July 6 and the deadline to register is Monday, June 25.


The Christina Lake Recreation Commission is seeking volunteers to help with the annual Pharmasave Christina Lake Triathlon. This event has attracted athletes from all over the western part of Canada and many athletes have returned from the past years.

The comments we hear from the participants is how safe and fun this event is. We rely on you the community to make this event happen. If you can spare a few hours on Sunday, June 24 between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, we would love to have you as part of our event crew team.

Please give us a call at 250-442-2202 or email us at You can also visit our website at to view the June flyer.

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