Hedland multicultural community set to enjoy aquatic fun this summer

4 January 2022

Multicultural adults in Port Hedland have been learning the vital swimming and water safety skills they need to safely participate in aquatic activities thanks to a Royal Life Saving WA program supported by our Principal Community Partner BHP.

The Multicultural Swim and Survive program ran for eight weeks in the lead up to summer, with lessons delivered by swimming instructors Juanita Smith and Royal Life Saving WA’s Lauren Thompson. Classes were held every Sunday afternoon from late October until 12th December 2021 at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre.

Lauren Thompson with multicultural swimming lesson participantsThe program was attended by 19 participants, who “thoroughly enjoyed the journey, seeing their progress in skill an endurance through the weeks as well as developing friendships along the way,” said Lauren. “Every year the enrolment numbers increase, and it is great to see that the importance of learning to swim is a message that is well received.”

More than one third of fatal drownings in Western Australia involve people born overseas, with over half of these from a non-English speaking background. Royal Life Saving WA is working hard to ensure that all Western Australians have the opportunity to learn vital swimming and water safety skills.

Our Multicultural swimming lesson programs will be running again during Term One this year. Learn more and view available programs at the link below.

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