CaLD children learn to Swim and Survive

7 August 2018

Royal Life Saving WA is proud to announce that Cannington Leisureplex and Leisurepark Balga are both hosting CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) after school Swim and Survive programs this term.

A group of kids splash about as part of the CaLD program.Learning swimming and water safety skills is vital for all Western Australian children, so they can safely participate in activities in, on and around water. This after school program will teach a total of 60 at-risk children these necessary swimming skills, enabling them to enjoy aquatic activities safely and confidentially.

Partnering with Communicare and the Edmund Rice Centre, the program inspires and equips children who are newly arrived in Western Australia, or who have had limited swimming and water safety awareness.

The Swim and Survive program identifies 16 critical stages in a child’s development. The lower stages focus on teaching efficient support and movement in the water. The higher stages include skill and knowledge in safety, survival and rescue, all while developing a strong and effective swimming technique.

The program is targeted for children aged 4-11 years old and is run by qualified Swim and Survive Instructors at both centers. In addition to the children and parents learning critical lifesaving skills, the program also aims to connect the families with their local community leisure centre to pursue further aquatic recreation activities.

City of Canning has the highest percentage of CaLD people in Western Australia (39.3%) and City of Stirling is the fourth highest (24.9%). Action is required to develop a response to deliver swimming and water safety lessons to such a diverse range of cultures and to provide education on swimming and water safety awareness.

The Swim and Survive Access and Equity program is supported by Principal Community Partner BHP, with additional funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

For more information on the Access and Equity program please click below.

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