Swim and Survive this summer at Ascot Kayak Club

22 December 2016

16 children have successfully completed a Swim and Survive on the Swan program, taking part in eight weeks of sessions that taught them lifesaving skills at Ascot Kayak Club. Swim and Survive onchildren in Kayaks paddling on the Swan River the Swan is a program offered to children in Stages 10 and above, and aims to help keep them safe in our rivers, lakes and open waterways.

The eight week program began in October, with participant’s initially uncomfortable swimming in the changing conditions of the Swan River. At the completion of the course, all children had developed great confidence in negotiating the river and knew how to change their swimming to suit the specific river conditions.

Ascot Kayak Club Vice President Jane Liddle and son Micheal Liddle kindly gave up their time to offer the children the opportunity to combine their survival skills with kayaking in a specialised session. 

Participants first learnt how to safely manoeuvre themselves in a kayak, before challenging themselves with river rescues and games. This session was a great addition to the course and was a highlight for both the children and their parents!

The program is part of Royal Life Saving's Respect the River campaign, funded by the Federal Government, which aims to raise awareness of the many hazards that underlie our rivers, lakes and streams.

Once the new year arrives Royal Life Saving and Ascot Kayak Club will again partner to offer another Swim and Survive on the program, aimed at helping Ascot Kayak Club members and the wider community attain their Bronze Medallion or relevant Bronze Rescue stage in the Swan River for free! 

The program will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm on the 19th and 20th January, and is a great way for children and adults alike to improve their swimming and survival skills ahead of Australia Day. 

For more information or to enrol in this FREE program click the link below.