Thirty three students, aged 9 - 12 years, were able to take part in an 8 day swimming and water safety program to develop the skills and knowledge to be safe in, on and around the water thanks to Royal Life Saving Society - Northern Territory.
The upper primary school students attend Ludmilla Primary School, which caters to children from all different backgrounds, including 62% of students who identify as indigenous and 70% who speak a language other than English.
Swimming and water safety is an important part of the school curriculum at Ludmilla Primary School. With the refurbishment of their regular aquatic facility, some of the students would have missed out on lessons due to the increased transportation costs. Through the Swim and Survive Fund all students were able to continue with their vital swimming and water safety lessons at Nightcliff Swimming Pool.
“Royal Life Saving believes that every person has the right to learn basic swimming, water safety, survival and rescue skills, regardless of who they are or where they live,” said Wayne Van Sambeek, Education and Program Manager Royal Life Saving NT. “The Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive Fund makes it possible for people who are more likely to miss out, or have missed out, to come along and learn vital swimming and lifesaving skills.”
Wayne Van Sambeek has been with Royal Life Saving Society NT for over nine years, and loves working with children saying, "It's so rewarding to share in the children's excitement as many of these students haven't had the opportunity to learn how to swim unlike other children across the country."
"The Ludmilla Primary students were fantastic. They loved the opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy new experiences. It’s not just about the lesson it’s the whole process. Swim and Survive teaches them many different things including independence, team work, manners and respect. Their enthusiasm was infectious."
Royal Life Saving research has found the people in our communities who are most likely to miss out on formal swimming and water safety education are those who are indigenous, from a culturally or linguistically diverse background, from a low socio-economic community, live in a regional or remote area, are newly arrived in Australia, or are living with a disability.
Carol Putica, Principal, Ludmilla Primary School said, “Swimming lessons are not just a valuable life-skill, it’s such an important part of being socially included. We are delighted that our students have been provided the opportunity to participate in this program”.
The Swim and Survive Fund uses donations from individuals, community organisations, corporate supporters and Royal Life Saving Partner facilities across Australia to increase access to swimming and water safety education for people who are at a greater risk of drowning.
CLICK HERE to make a donation to provide vulnerable children with vital swimming and water safety lessons so they don't miss out.