Mums and bubs have a splashing good time in Fitzroy Crossing

13 December 2018

Group of Aboriginal women and their babies in a swimming pool at Fitzroy CrossingLocal mothers around Fitzroy Crossing have been enjoying the latest Mums and Bubs Splash Group in recent weeks, a program organised by the Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service.

Aboriginal baby girl standing in swimming pool with her motherThe program has been running at the Fitzroy Crossing swimming pool, which is part of Royal Life Saving WA’s Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project. Pool Manager Trevor Caporn says the Splash Group has been running for the last three years and has been very successful. Nindilingarri Health provides transport to the pool for the mums and bubs in surrounding communities, so that they can attend the one-hour swim sessions.

The group is led by remote swimming instructor Adele, who shows the mums and their young children how to stay safe and have fun in the pool together. Activities include singing songs and playing games in the water, as well as essential water safety skills such as being able to float and kicking their legs to get back to the side of the pool. The interactive class ensures the mums are involved with helping their kids complete the activities.

An aboriginal mum standing behind her toddler while he holds the edge of the pool and smilesAt the final Mums and Bubs splash session for the year there were 23 mums with 19 babies and toddlers taking part in the fun. To celebrate their achievements over the eight-week term, everyone enjoyed a barbecue put on by pool manager Trevor and the Nindilingarri Health team. Of course, being a hot day in Fitzroy Crossing, everyone returned to the pool for a cool down after the feast! 

The Mums and Bubs Splash Group will recommence in February 2019.

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