Grant provides fun and education for Kondinin families

27 January 2021

Kondinin Swimming Pool recently received a grant to assist with running a Watch Around Water promotional event. The grants are designed to assist regional aquatic centers in the promotion of Watch Around Water messages in their community.

Children in a swimming pool playing on pool noodlesThe Watch Around Water program was launched in 2004 in response to a spike in drowning deaths at public swimming pool facilities involving young children. Sponsored by the Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics and IXOM, the program is managed by Royal Life Saving WA on behalf of the aquatics industry and aims to educate parents about the importance of closely supervising their children at public aquatic centres. It has been extremely successful, with no deaths of children under the age of 14 recorded at WA’s public pools since its inception.

On 20th December last year Kondinin Swimming Pool held a Watch Around Water Movie Night, run with the assistance of the Watch Around Water event grant they’d received. About 50 children from Kondinin and the surrounding area attended the event which included a sausage sizzle and pool games.

Community Development Officer Ayu Muftidhati said the event was a great success and well attended by the community. “We used the grant funds to purchase sausage sizzle supplies. The event raised awareness about the importance of supervising children at public swimming pools and was an opportunity for everyone to come together before Christmas.”

Watch Around Water grants are supported by LIWA Aquatics and can be applied for year-round. You can find out more at the link below.

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