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 9

Physical Activity
SE.MSP1 – use and combine movement skills in a variety of physical activities
SE.MSP4 – demonstrate improvement in their skill
SE.SR1 – demonstrate understanding of specific rules and guidelines for participation in recreation and sport including team, group, dual, and individual activities
SE.SR2 – identify the requirements, including basic equipment standards, preparation, and specific safety issues that maximize performance and participation in recreation and sport activities

Active Living
SE.AP1 – participate regularly in physical activities, choosing a wide range of activities
SE.AP2 – demonstrate positive, responsible personal and social behaviour in physical activity settings
SE.S1 – apply guidelines and procedures related to safe participation in physical activity
SE.S2 – demonstrate behaviour that minimizes risk to themselves and others