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Life-saving swimming program back in time for summer

December 2018

Families across regional NSW can once again enrol their children in the NSW Government’s Swim and Survive program this summer.

The intensive learn-to-swim program will be offered at 46 locations across regional NSW to children aged 18 months-12 years and will cost parents $52 for nine consecutive lessons.  

With summer just arrived, there’s no better time to book your children into swimming lessons and enjoy peace of mind that your child is safe in the water, Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said.

“But too many people continue to lose their lives each year, with 87 drownings in NSW in the 12 months to 30 June this year,” Mr Ayres said. 

“The Swim and Survive program offers practical lessons for infants, pre-schoolers and primary school-age children in all aspects of swimming, from water awareness to stroke development and endurance.

“Enrol your child in this fun and affordable water safety course today and enjoy peace of mind that your child is safe in the water.”

Royal Life Saving Society NSW CEO, Michael Illinsky said the Swim and Survive program provided skills and knowledge that equips children with the fundamentals to explore and enjoy our beaches, rivers, pool, lakes and dams.

“Royal Life Saving believes it is the right of every child to access a quality swimming and water safety education that includes skills such as general swimming techniques and treading water, survival techniques and strategies, floating and rescue skills,” Mr Illinsky said.

“In order to prevent drowning, every Australian child must have basic swimming and water safety skills and knowledge of how to be safe when they are in, on, or around water.

“Swim and Survive includes a holistic mix of swimming, survival and rescue skills, and water safety knowledge suitable for use in a range of aquatic environments.”

In 2016/17 drowning among children aged 0-4 years increased by 32 per cent and drowning amongst children aged five-14 years increased by eight per cent.

Since its inception more than one million children have participated in the program. All instructors hold AUSTSWIM accreditation or equivalent as well as a current working with children check. Specialist instructors are also available for children with special needs. 

For more information on the Swim and Survive program or to enrol, phone 13 13 02 or visit Swim and Survive.

MEDIA: Ash Knight | Minister Ayres | 0448 919 334