Another successful swim season for the Balgo pool

3 June 2022
two children from Balgo with their swimming stage certificates

With the Balgo Remote Pool coming to a close for the season, local residents are reminiscing about another successful swim season that has delivered many positive health and social benefits to the community.

Young Balgo children enjoying the kiddie splash zone at the local poolThe pool has enjoyed an eventful pool season, running Swim and Survive lessons, 'Mums and Bubs' Infant Aquatics sessions as well as swimming and lifesaving carnivals, delivered by Royal Life Saving WA Remote Pool Managers Graeme Pollett and Bronwyn Ray.

CPR and First Aid courses were also conducted at the facility to prepare community members for their Bronze Rescue strand achievements. 

patron practising CPR at the Balgo aquatic facilityThe Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project (RASPP) aims to address socioeconomic barriers faced by Aboriginal communities in accessing water safety programs and aquatic activities.

With Aboriginal children aged 5 to 14 being 8.6 times more likely to drown than non-Aboriginal children in WA, the facility promotes a range of social, recreational and educational activities to help address this overrepresentation.

Balgo kids celebrating Harmony Day at their community poolThanks to funding provided by Lotterywest, Royal Life Saving has been able to successfully engage Balgo in its swimming programs, delivering outcomes beyond just physical activity.

The Remote Pools program helps to improve Aboriginal children’s health, increase community cohesion and support drowning prevention in regional areas. Learn more about the program at the link below.

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