Multicultural adult Swim and Survive classes underway for 2019

21 February 2019

Women by the pool with their instructor at Leisurepark BalgaRecent research from Royal Life Saving Australia shows that 27% of all drowning deaths in our nation over the past 10 years involved people who were born overseas. Adults accounted for 97% of these drowning deaths, with poor swimming skills a leading factor.

Within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups, awareness of the importance of swimming and lifesaving skills is significantly lower than the rest of the population, with many of those migrating to Australia having never had access to swimming and water safety lessons in their homeland.

Across the nation 65% of those born overseas who drowned in the past ten years were weak or poor swimmers. For this reason Royal Life Saving WA’s ongoing Men’s and Women’s Only Swim and Survive lessons are vitally important.

These classes target adults, particularly those from multicultural backgrounds, who have never learned swimming and water safety skills before, or who have very limited ability in the water. They’re conducted in an environment that makes them safe for those who have specific cultural requirements to follow.Multicultural men with their instructor in the pool at Cannington Leisureplex

Term One classes are underway in metro and regional WA, with programs being conducted at Cannington Leisureplex, Leisurepark Balga, the Swim School Wangara, South Hedland Aquatic Centre and the South-West Sports Centre in Bunbury. The program has proven extremely popular, with around 200 men and women currently taking part!

Our Multicultural Adults Swim & Survive Program is sponsored by Lotterywest and runs each term throughout the year as an 8-week program. We'd love to see more people get involved so if you wish to participate or want to find out more please click the link below.

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