Indigenous groups have been identified as a demographic at a high-risk of drowning and non-fatal drowning in Australia. Aboriginal children drown at a rate two and a half times that of non-Aboriginal children.
The Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project (RASPP) is managed by the Royal Life Saving Society and is funded primarily through the Department of Communities with additional contribution made through BHP and the Telethon Kids Institute. It focuses on providing the remote communities of Balgo, Burringurrah, Jigalong, Yandeyarra, Bidyadanga, Warmun, Fitzroy Crossing and Kalumburu with recreational and educational swimming programs, to encourage safe aquatic participation.
RASPP aims to work in consultation with communities to run safe, efficient and effective aquatic facilities and to meet the needs and expectations of the communities.
Royal Life Saving pool managers live in each community for nine months of the year, maintaining the pools and delivering community programs which include swimming lessons, swimming and lifesaving carnivals, birthday parties, after-school and holiday swimming, lap swimming, lifesaving training and other activities at the request of the community.

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