Royal Life Saving Tasmania with support from the Department of Education will conduct a two week swimming and water safety program to help high school students develop the skills and knowledge to be safe in, on and around the water.
The 49 students, aged 15–17, from a number of Launceston high schools, are studying with the English as an Additional Language Program and have never had the opportunity to learn to swim. The program will run from 14th November to 25th November at the Brent Wrankmore Swim School (corner Bathurst and Brisbane Street, Launceston).
“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 Paula Robertson, Executive Director, Royal Life Saving Tasmania. “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 identified that community groups 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.
Mary-Lou Taurin, Advanced Skills Teacher with the English as an Additional Language Program for the Education Department said, “Swimming lessons are not just a valuable life-skill. For young people growing up in Australia, 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”.
“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 Paula Robertson.
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.
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.
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Paula Robertson, Executive Director, Royal Life Saving Tasmania
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