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AUSTSWIM secures Federal Government funding for ‘Creating Jobs, Saving Lives’ project

AUSTSWIM secures Federal Government funding for ‘Creating Jobs, Saving Lives’ project
December 10, 2021

AUSTSWIM, the national organisation for teaching swimming and water safety, is to receive $250,000 from the Federal Government for its ‘Creating Jobs, Saving Lives’ project which aims to address the current shortage of swim and water safety teachers.

The project will focus on re-engaging with swimming teachers who have left the industry and support them to return to the water.

Encouraging more teachers into the pool to strengthen aquatic skills and save lives, the project will focus on re-engaging with swimming teachers who have left the industry and support them to return to the water.

The AUSTSWIM funding is one of 36 new programs sharing in $10.3 million committed under Sport Australia’s Participation Grant program - providing more opportunities for Australians to connect with sport and get physically active.

Speaking today at the Nepean Aquatic Centre, Federal Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the Australian Government was proud to partner with AUSTSWIM, commenting “it’s estimated that COVID-19 lockdowns across Australia have resulted in more than 12 million missed swimming lessons over the past 18 months.

“With restrictions easing, we want to ensure that the 162,500 children that have missed out on swimming and water safety lessons every week have the opportunity to get back in the water in a fun and safe environment.”

Advising that the initiative aims to bring the number of swim teachers back to pre-COVID levels,

AUSTSWIM Chief Executive, Simon Weatherill stated “while demand for swimming and water safety lessons has recovered quickly, the training and accreditation of teachers has not kept pace, leading to a shortage in swimming and water safety teachers.”

Explaining that funding received for the ‘Creating Jobs, Saving Lives’ project will support 900 swim teachers by covering the costs associated with getting and maintaining their qualifications. The project will also connect teachers with local swim centres, Weatherill noted “our focus is on retraining as many of these teachers as possible and getting them back in pools across Australia and delivering swim lessons. This will increase participation in swimming for Australians of all ages which will help reduce the number of preventable drownings and water related injuries.”

Sport Australia acting Chief Executive Rob Dalton said the Participation Grant program will help more Australians enjoy the social, personal and health benefits of being physically active, adding “through this grant program, we will support tens of thousands of Australians to get active and build a healthier and happier nation through sport.”

The Australian Government - through Sport Australia’s Participation Grant program - has invested $28.3 million over four years to support 98 sport and physical activity programs across Australia to provide more opportunities for Australians to connect or return to sport and physical activity.

AusCycling’s Ride Nation program will also be receiving $5 million from the program.

Images, (Top, from left): Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh MP, Federal Minister for Sport and AUSTSWIM Chief Executive Simon Weatherill at Nepean Aquatic Centre today; an AUSTSWIM instructor helps a student at Nepean Aquatic Centre (middle) and a swimming instructor in a pool helping a student float with a kickboard (below).

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