Perth Myanmar Language Centre gets back in the swim

4 November 2020
Myanmar community swimming lesson

The Perth Myanmar community are finally back in the water after a special Swim and Survive program that began in March was halted prematurely due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The program, run by Royal Life Saving WA in partnership with the Perth Myanmar Language Centre, got off to a great start earlier this year. Sessions were held at Swan Active Ballajura, and the community participated in two sessions before the program was forced to be placed on hold.

The Myanmar community have been keen to book in dates as soon as they could once the restrictions were eased. We’re excited to say that the program is now back up and running, with an eight-week Saturday program that commenced on the 24th October.

Swan Active Ballajura is once again hosting the sessions, and there are a total of 48 participants enrolled in the program. The sessions are being funded by the Department of Health’s Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity program. 

kids learning to use kick boardsResearch has found that within CaLD groups, awareness of the importance of swimming and lifesaving skills is significantly less than the rest of the population. Royal Life Saving WA is committed to reducing the number of drowning deaths of members of the CaLD community by partnering with various community agencies to encourage participation in swimming and water safety activities.

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