The Lifesaving Society is translating vital drowning prevention information into 26 additional languages in an effort to reach new immigrant parents in Ontario.

Public education director Barbara Byers says it’s important to connect to new Canadians whose primary language isn’t English or French. Details about the Swim to Survive program will be translated into multiple languages including Chinese, Hindu, Italian, Punjabi, Urdu, Russian and Portuguese.

The program is partly funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education and teaches children in Grade 3 the minimum standard of swimming ability for survival after an unexpected fall into the water.

Since it began in 2005, more than 200,000 children have completed the program, which is run through elementary schools.