Jumping off a cliff on McDonald Lake - by Sam AllardThe Haliburton Forest property has over 60 lakes that are perfect for your students to engage in some swimming. Each swimmer will be required to demonstrate a simple swim test of swimming fifty meters and treding water for one minute in order to swim without a personal floatation device unless otherwise stated by the school. These lakes are headwaters to three major watersheds and therefore are very pristine and clean.

Students will learn about proper care for the area and safety while swimming. It is essential for students to understand the concept of sustainability and living lightly; swimming is a perfect example for the reasons for people to act responsibly within and around this environment.  Stop in at one of the swimming spots with a guide to cool off for a few minutes or allow us to build water based initiative programs for your group for an extended period of time. Our waterfront staff is certified with a minimum of the Lifesaving Society's Bronze Cross and Red Cross Standard First Aid and Basic CPR to ensure the safety of all participants.

Please contact our facilitation staff for inquires and pricing information at experiences@haliburtonforest.com.


Expectations for Grade 12

Healthy Active Living Education
Physical Activity
SE.MS1 – develop and combine their movement skills in a variety of physical activities
SE.MS2 – apply movement principles to refine their movement skills
SE.SR1 – apply the specific rules and guidelines for participation in recreational and sports activities, including team, group, dual, and individual activities
SE.SR2 – explain factors that affect performance and participation in recreational and sports activities
SE.SR3 – use ethical strategies and tactics to enhance their performance in specific situations and conditions

Active Living
SE.AP2 – demonstrate personal competence in a variety of physical activities
SE.AP3 – analyse the benefits of lifelong participation in different physical activities
SE.AP6 – demonstrate positive, responsible, personal and social behaviour in physical activity settings
SE.AP7 – demonstrate leadership in creating a positive climate that promotes participation and safety
SE.S1 – apply appropriate guidelines and procedures for safe participation in physical activity
SE.S2 – demonstrate behaviour that minimizes risk to themselves and others

Recreation and Fitness Leadership
Facilitation of Recreation and Leisure
SE.PP1 – explain the personal, social, economic, and environmental benefits of recreation and leisure
SE.PP2 – describe motivational factors and potential barriers that affect lifelong participation in recreational and leisure activities

Physical Fitness and Well-Being
SE.IP1 – demonstrate competence in specific skills that can help others in emergency situations
SE.IP2 – describe safety regulations and procedures and productive devices designed to ensure their own safety and that of others

The Environment and Resource Management
Human-Environment Interaction
SE.LTS5 – estimate personal and class "ecological footprints"