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In 2018, the Across the Lake Swim Society invested another $40,000 into the YMCA Okanagan Swims Program to give vital swim lessons to 2,800 children, helping drown-proof the Okanagan.

The YMCA of Okanagan Swims program was established in 2012 to ensure elementary aged children from School District #23 have equal opportunity to master the basic swim skills needed to be safe in and around the water. The program is funded, mostly due to the generosity of the Across the Lake Swim Society, and is free for every grade three and four student between Peachland to Lake Country.

“Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 15,” says Peter Rudd, Race Director of the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna. “With the abundance of lakes, rivers and private pools in the Okanagan, it is our commitment to help prevent water-related injuries and fatalities. By participating in our swim events, you are helping fund this program that ensured almost 3,000 children last year learned lifesaving water safety skills.”

“This program saves lives,” says Randall Wight, YMCA Senior Aquatic Manager. “The Across the Lake Swim Society is showing tremendous leadership by enabling the YMCA to help a generation of kids understand the importance of water safety. Our collaboration demonstrates a shared commitment to keeping children from our community safe.”

The Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna, Canada’s largest and longest running open water swim, will be held on July 20, 2019. Visit for more information or to register.

To learn more about the YMCA Okanagan Swims Program or how to support it, please contact Randall Wight at 250-491-9622 ext. 405.