Swimmers thrive in womens only Swim and Survive classes

6 March 2020

Women across Western Australia are getting the opportunity join with other women of different backgrounds for swimming and water safety classes. Balga women's only swim and survive participants

According to research within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups, awareness of the importance of swimming and lifesaving skills is significantly less than the rest of the population. This is also reflected in drowning statistics from the last 5 years as members of this community account for 37% of all drowning deaths in WA. 

Royal Life Saving WA has partnered with Cannington Leisureplex, Leisurepark Balga and the Swim School Wangara to increase CaLD community participation in swimming and water safety education through multicultural women’s only Swim and Survive classes.

The Swim and Survive classes allow participants to build on their current skills, improve health and wellbeing, and can engage with other women at their local aquatic facility. 

The current 8 week term has over 200 participants across all locations and have recently started courses in Port Hedland. 

In addition, Royal Life Saving WA also has multicultural men’s and multicultural youth Swim and Survive classes. The multicultural Swim and Survive programs are funded by Lotterywest and the Department of Home Affairs. 

Click here for to learn more about these programs.  

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