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 7

Health and Physical Education
Living Skills
1.1- use self-awareness and self-monitoring skills to help them understand their strengths and needs, take responsibility for their actions, recognize sources of stress, and monitor their own progress, as they participate in physical activities, develop movement competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living
1.2- use adaptive, management, and coping skills to help them respond to the various challenges they encounter as they participate in physical activities, develop movement competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living

Active Living
A1.1 - actively participate in a wide variety of program activities, according to their capabilities
A1.2 - demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute to their personal enjoyment of being active
A1.3 - demonstrate an understanding of the factors that motivate or impede participation in physical activity every day
A3.1 - demonstrate behaviours and apply procedures that maximize their safety and that of others
A3.2 - demonstrate an understanding of procedures for anticipating and responding to hazards that may lead to injury or ailments while participating in physical activity outdoors

Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts, and Strategies
B1.2 - perform a wide variety of locomotor movements, with and without equipment, while responding to a variety of external stimuli
B1.3 - send, receive, and retain a variety of objects, while taking into account their position and motion in relation to others, equipment, and boundaries, while applying basic principles of movement
B2.1 - demonstrate an understanding of the components of a range of physical, and apply this understanding as they participate in a variety of physical activities in indoor and outdoor environments