Endorsed Swim School kicking goals in Kwinana

25 June 2021

Two children in the pool with their swim instructorIn WA’s culture and climate it’s essential all children have Swim and Survive skills, as drowning remains the leading cause of preventable death in children. Royal Life Saving WA is determined to ensure all children cross our state have access to learn these vital skills, and our network of 130 Endorsed Swim Schools helps to make this possible.

One of these is Kwinana Recqautic, where local families have access to swimming and water safety programs right from Infant Aquatics for babies, to Swim & Survive for children and Bronze Rescue and Junior Lifeguard Club programs for youth. Royal Life Saving WA Senior Manager Education, Trent Hotchkin, says the programming provided by our Endorsed Swim Schools is designed to give children essential swimming, water safety and survival skills to prepare them for a lifetime of safe activity in, on and around the water. “It's a broad and balanced swimming and water safety program that identifies the critical stages in a child’s development. The lower stages focus on teaching efficient support and movement in the water while the higher stages include skill and knowledge in safety, survival and rescue.”Infants enjoying a swimming lesson with their aprents and instructor

Since January Kwinana Recquatic have had 3092 students participate in their term programs and holiday programs in Infant Aquatics, Swim & Survive and Junior Lifeguard Club. Swim School Coordinator Emma Lavery says "we have two extra special education schools come through every term for extra lessons with us each week, which is fantastic for them and us."

Kwinana Recquatic prides itself on providing programming that makes these vital skills accessible for those with special needs. Its SAIL (Specialised Access and Inclusion Lessons) program is targeted at those with medical conditions, such as autism and ADHD, that make it difficult for them to participate in standard group swimming classes. The program sees 45 students take part in reduced price one on one classes each term.

Kwinana JLC State Titles participants with their ribbonsMuch of this specialised programming at Kwinana is only possible thanks to funding from Royal Life Saving WA Principal Community Partner BHP.

The hard work done by Emma and her amazing swim school staff at Kwinana is certainly paying off, with 10 Junior Lifeguard Club students participating recently in the JLC State Titles at HBF Arena. Many members of the Kwinana team took out first place in their events and even claimed the overall awards for their age group.

You can find out more about how to get your children involved in Kwinana Recquatic’s fantastic Royal Life Saving endorsed programs by clicking the link below.

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