Swimming and Injury Prevention for First Nations Communities in Ontario


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NAHO 2009 National Conference

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Swimming and Injury Prevention for First Nations Communities in Ontario

  1. 1. Swimming and Injury Prevention for First Nations Communities in Ontario November 2009 © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  2. 2. Objectives • Provide overview of Red Cross Water Safety resources for First Nations communities • Share results of pilot program delivering swimming lessons and leadership training in First Nations communities • Share strategies for implementation of injury prevention, water safety promotion and education programs in your community © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  3. 3. Program Philosophy Swimming & Water Safety Goal Statement “Improve the quality of life by giving people the skills to make safe choices, increase physical fitness, prevent injuries, and act in emergency and rescue situations.”
  4. 4. Presentation Outline • Injury Prevention Program Philosophy • Where We Make a Difference • Working with First Nations Communities - Collaborative Model • Program Development Phase 1 – Research, Consultation and Development Phase 2 – Direct Delivery – Swimming Lessons, Water Safety and Leadership Phase 3 – Feedback and Evaluation • Results © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  5. 5. Where We Make a Difference • Over the past 60 years, we’ve taught more than 30 million Canadians to swim and stay safe • Our reach through Swimming & Water Safety: More than 1 million people enrolled per year 21,000 certified as Water Safety Instructors every year Thousands of people through our public education campaigns 3,500 Authorized Providers in communities across Canada (municipalities, local pools, private pools)
  6. 6. Collaborative Model Safe Kids Canada First Nations • Funding from Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  7. 7. Program Development Phase 1 – Research Consultation and Development Phase 2 - Delivery Phase 3 – Feedback and Evaluation © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  8. 8. Phase 1 – Research, Consultation and Development • Review of existing models and resources for injury prevention education in First Nations communities • Engage First Nations communities in the process • Development of Advisory Committee for input into resource development • Development of water safety resources for children, teachers and parents • Distribution of resources to First Nations communities in Ontario © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  9. 9. New Resources • Pamphlets “S.P.L.A.S.H.E.S into Summer Safety” pamphlet “S.L.I.D.E.S. into Winter Safety” pamphlet • On-line safety stories Summer Safety story – “One Day on a Fishing Trip” Winter Safety story – “The Birthday Gift” • Community Resource Guide © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  10. 10. On-line Resources One Day on a Fishing Trip My name is Chaske and one of my favourite things to do is to go fishing. © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  11. 11. On-line Resources The Birthday Gift All three stopped in their tracks. “Did you hear that?” asked Ashley. Taylor looked very nervous and started to look around for a new direction to turn. He took another careful step, but there was another “CRACK”. © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  12. 12. Phase 2 – Direct Delivery – Swimming Lessons, Water Safety and Leadership • My role as Program Coordinator: Communicate with pilot communities and develop promotional materials Schedule swimming lessons and instructor training Develop registration process Arrange transportation Hire local Water Safety Instructors and Instructor Trainer Order and ship program materials, teaching and safety equipment
  13. 13. Phase 2 – Direct Delivery – Swimming Lessons, Water Safety and Leadership • Over 100 children in pilot communities across Ontario • 12 young adults from 6 pilot communities received leadership training for certification as Water Safety Instructors © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  14. 14. Phase 3 – Feedback and Evaluation • Engage with communities using new resources and education tools to determine strengths and weaknesses of materials • Engage with pilot communities to gain feedback regarding swimming lessons and instructor training • Assess feedback and incorporate changes into final documents where possible © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  15. 15. Participant Benefits Knowledge • Identify and manage risk safely • Survival skills and knowledge Skills • Improved individual abilities • Increased physical activity • Increased muscular strength Attitude • Self empowerment, improving self-esteem • Fun, enjoyment and participation © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  16. 16. Instructor benefits • Ability to provide safe learning opportunities • Respond to emergencies • Develop lesson plans • Skills to work in aquatics • Knowledge of risk management and water safety education • Communication and leadership skills © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  17. 17. Benefits to First Nations communities • Access to water safety education tools and resources that meet the needs of their community • Input into resource development and evaluation • Engagement with other First Nations community members to share knowledge and experiences • Raised community awareness of injury prevention strategies, water safety promotion and education © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  18. 18. Feedback “Swimming and water safety are life skills and something that these kids will use for their rest of their life.” ~ Parent of swimming participant from Six Nations “I would like to teach swimming lessons again because I really liked working with the kids and teaching swimming skills could save a life.” ~Recently certified Water Safety Instructor from Wasauksing First Nation “I think that all children who live by a lake should have the opportunity to learn the basics like treading water and self safety by the water.” ~Community Contact from Nipissing First Nation © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  19. 19. Results • Over 100 kids received swimming lessons and water safety education • 12 adults received Water Safety Instructor training • 134 reserves received new water safety and injury prevention resources • 87% of parent respondents said that their child’s confidence in their swimming abilities changed “a lot” or “a huge amount”; 91% indicated their child’s pride in their abilities changed “a lot” or “a huge amount” • 87% of instructor respondents said that the skills and information learned in the training prepared them to be a swimming instructor • 100% of community respondents said they would support their organization’s involvement in a similar program again © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  20. 20. Want more information? • To access resources on-line visit www.redcross.ca or www.safekidscanada.ca • For more information on Red Cross Swimming, Water Safety and Leadership training in Ontario call 1-888-890- 1997 • Visit our booth at the NAHO Conference • My contact information: Maureen O’Neal Program Representative, Injury Prevention Ph: 519-570-3323 Email: maureen.oneal@redcross.ca
  21. 21. Thank you! Questions? © Canadian Red Cross 2008
  22. 22. N W E S Red Cross Swim. Swim with the best!