Australia is surrounded by the most pristine waterways and learning how to spot dangers in the water is an essential skill all children must learn.
Unfortunately, not all children are provided with the same opportunity to learn about water safety.
Canterbury League Club has partnered again this year with Royal Life Saving NSW and Canterbury Bankstown Council to deliver a swim program called the Canterbury Aquatic Survival Skills Program.
The swim program has been nominated as a finalist in the 2018 Club and Community Awards in the education category.
‘At Canterbury, we have recognised the need within the community to train children to spot the dangers and understand water safety to increase their chances of survival, especially during the warmer months,’ said George Coorey, Chairman of Canterbury League Club.
The program recognised the need within the community as most students have come from a multicultural and low socioeconomic background. Many students miss out on similar programs because of the cost and location.
Canterbury League Club covered all costs of the program. This included pool hire, information packs, the program itself and transport to and from the schools and Roselands Aquatic Centre.
To ensure all students were included in the program, a permission note was translated from English into Arabic, Greek, Mandarin and Vietnamese to aid parents and caregivers to understand the program’s aims.
By having a swim program, it removes the lack of knowledge and provides the children with essential lifesaving skills. The program is inclusive to all students in year four, even those who require wheelchair access are encouraged to participate.
Expressions of interest from local primary schools are now being accepted for the 2019 Canterbury Aquatic Survival Skills Program. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org