Swim Safely program teaches CALD communities water safety

Swim Safely Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

Nearly 60 people have signed up for a new program aimed at teaching non-English speaking people about water safety. The inaugural Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Swim Safely program will be hosted by Downs Little Lifeguard Club at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre on Saturday the 23rd June.

Toowoomba Regional Council Community Development and Facilities Chair Cr Geoff McDonald said water safety is important for everyone and this new program will teach basic water survival skills.

“Research indicates that mothers in our multi-cultural communities are the primary teachers and this program targets adults and children 10 years and over to learn basic swimming and water safety and survival techniques,” Cr McDonald said.

“The intention of the course is to introduce participants to aquatic activities in the relatively safe and calm waters of a swimming pool to develop confidence in the water.

“The skills learnt would also be further developed though application in a ‘wave’ pool setting to simulate a natural waterway experience.

“Further opportunities may arise from this initial program and provide valuable information in this area of need for the future.”

Downs Little Lifeguard trainers will be conducting the program at Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre on Saturday 23 June from 1pm to 3pm.

There will be male and female instructors and attendees will require togs and a towel.

Enrolments close Friday 15 June and numbers are limited. To enrol contact reception staff from Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre on 4688 6330 or email aquaticandfitness@tr.qld.gov.au.

The Downs Little Lifeguard club was successful in receiving a $5000 grant from the Federal Government to run the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Drowning Prevention Strategy.

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