ACT Primary Schools Program
The Swim and Survive program aims is to improve the student's ability to be safe in and around water and make smart decisions. By sustaining a well balanced and curriculum focused program, we aim to help students develop a sound knowledge of water awareness and safety. Participation in this program may help reduce their chances of being involved in an aquatic related incident.
Unlike regular learn to swim lessons that may specifically concentrate on swimming technique, Swim and Survive provides a broad, balanced program of swimming, water safety and survival skills. The program will provide direct links to the 'Every Chance to Learn Curriculum Framework for ACT Schools - Preschool to Year 10' and the Australian School Curriculum.
"Royal Life Saving's 2012 National Drowning Report showed 45 drowning deaths in the 5-14 age group" Royal Life Saving ACT CEO, Sean Hodges said.
"Even more alarming is the fact that for every drowning death there are three non-fatal drowning incidents that require hospitalisation.
"This program is essential for our young kids, as schools over the years have dropped swimming in favor of more popular sports. In the case of the Swim and Survive program the focus is on survival and the water safety skills such as Resuscitation and CPR not just on speed or stoke," added Hodges.
"Drowning and near drowning remains a major problem in Australia as shown in the Royal Life Saving 2012 National Drowning Report. Research in the ACT by Kidsafe over the last two years has confirmed that an increasing number of children are leaving school unable to save themselves in water," Kidsafe ACT CEO, Eric Chalmers said.
"This Royal Life Saving program has the full support of Kidsafe ACT as it will directly overcome the major barriers to improving swimming outcomes for ACT Primary school children. Kidsafe strongly encourages schools and parents to participate in this program, the life that is saved could be in your family," added Chalmers.
For schools wishing to enrol or enquire about the A.C.T. Swim and Survive Program, contact us via email or phone 62605800.