Vital swimming skills for children in Warmun

24 November 2017

Aboriginal children int he pool with their instructor at Warmun with red kickboards by the poolTwo weeks of Swim and Survive lessons in steamy Warmun have been a huge success! Sixty-three local children from Warmun School and the nearby Frog Hollows School took part in the lessons coordinated by Kiah Stanbishop, who flew up from Kojonup specifically.

According to the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool Manager at Warmun, Jamie O'Donohue, the children – aged from pre-primary through to year six – loved participating in Kiah’s lessons.Aboriginal children in the pool at Warmun with their instructor

“It was a very hot two weeks in the build-up to the wet season, but Kiah pushed on through, passing on all her Swim and Survive skills in a very measured, professional way,” Jamie says. “Kiah was able to adapt the program to suit the varying swimming levels, and pass on her knowledge in a way that the kids could relate to. All the kids looked forward to coming down for their lessons and there was a noticeable improvement in their swimming abilities and techniques as well.”

The children expressed their gratitude to Kiah by presenting her with a 2018 school calendar.An aboriginal girl in the pool at Warmun

Fully funded by the WA Swim and Survive Fund, the program is of particular importance as the wet season approaches. With many children playing around the local rivers, it’s vital they know what to do if themselves or one of their friends gets into trouble in the rising waters.

Find out more about our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool project at the link below.

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