Life Saving Victoria with support from Western English Language School’s Werribee Campus and the Paul Sadler Swim School will conduct an eight day intensive swimming and water safety program to help newly arrived children develop the skills and knowledge to be safe in, on and around the water.
The 40 children aged 5-15 years will be participating in learn to swim lessons between November 29th and December 9th that will build their confidence in the water, learning vital skills that may one day save their life.
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.
“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 David Holland, Life Saving Victoria’s Multicultural Projects Manager.
“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.”
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.
Claire Kelly, a teacher at Western English Language School said, “Swimming lessons are not just a valuable life-skill. For people newly arrived to Australia it’s such an important part of being socially included. We are delighted that our children have been provided the opportunity to participate in this program”.
“Australia has world class beaches, swimming pools and beautiful rivers, creeks, streams, lakes, dams and lagoons. Tragically though, these waterways claim the lives of too many people every year, each one of them someone’s loved one or friend,” said Mr Holland.
From 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, a staggering 280 people drowned in Australia. More than 20% of these drowning deaths occurred in inland waterways including rivers, creeks, lakes and dams which claimed the lives of 58 people in 2015/16. Over the years, more people have drowned in these locations than anywhere else.
Support the Swim and Survive Fund and help Royal Life Saving provide more Australian children with the opportunity to Swim and Survive.
David Holland, Life Saving Victoria, Multicultural Projects Manager
(03) 9676 6973 or 0409 549 185