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Pilot swimming program a first step to mandatory primary school swimming lessons in Victoria?

Pilot swimming program a first step to mandatory primary school swimming lessons in Victoria?
October 29, 2015

After extensive lobbying of the Victorian Government to introduce swimming lessons in all primary schools, Life Saving Victoria believes that a landmark pilot program of before-school swimming lessons will pave the way for mandatory swim teaching in schools.

Mindful that 60% of Victorian children leave primary school without being able to swim, Life Saving Victoria recently tested a 10 week pilot swimming program at Aquamoves in Shepparton involving almost 70 grade 4 students from two schools.

Barely half could swim 100 metres when the lessons began, but that figure soared to 86% by the end of the program.

With 79 children having drowned in Victoria in the last decade, Life Saving Victoria and the YMCA are calling on the Victorian Government to introduce mandatory swimming lessons in all primary schools.

In June, their calls were reinforced by a Victorian Coroner who urged the Victorian Government to make swimming lessons compulsory in primary schools following the drowning death of a nine-year-old boy.

Life Saving Victoria Chief Executive Nigel Taylor said they were now planning a metropolitan pilot, telling the Herald Sun newspaper that, with Victorian Government support, a wider rollout would begin in schools in regional areas and lower socio-economic suburbs where drowning rates were higher.

Taylor said the goal was to teach every Victorian child to swim at a satisfactory level within a decade, stating “we’re offering to facilitate this to make sure schools and pools all interact to get the best possible result.

“The Shepparton trial was fantastic because it also showed that if we get it right, the parental involvement is really important.”

The YMCA Victoria has reportedly said it will open its pools to schools if the Victorian Government commits to introducing compulsory swimming lessons.

YMCA Victoria Aquatic Development Manager Liz Tesone said all children should be taught how to swim at school.

Tesone stated “too many students are leaving primary school without the skills and knowledge to be safe around water.

“The numbers of drowning deaths in Victoria are unacceptable so we will do what it takes to help find a solution.”

“We would make all our resources available should swimming lessons be made compulsory in schools.”

Victorian Sports Minister John Eren said the push for mandatory lessons “absolutely” made sense, stating “we are very conscious of the fact there’s always more to do but we’ve invested heavily (in water safety).”

Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy said compulsory lessons would be “a good step forward”, adding “education - a focus on water safety and getting more kids into swim lessons - is so important if we are to reduce the tragedy of childhood drowning.”

Images courtesy of the YMCA: YMCA swimming lessons (top) and the YMCA Swimathon (below).

16th September 2015 - DROWNINGS HIGHLIGHT NEED TO TAKE MORE CARE AROUND WATER

29th June 2015 - VICTORIAN CORONER CALLS FOR COMPULSORY PRIMARY SCHOOL SWIMMING LESSONS

4th May 2015 - MONASH LIFEGUARDS CLAIM VICTORY IN LIFE SAVING VICTORIA POOL LIFEGUARD CHALLENGE

30th November 2014 - CALLS FOR WATER SAFETY AND SWIM LESSONS TO BE MANDATORY IN NSW SCHOOLS

4th January 2013 - CALL FOR SCHOOL SWIMMING FUNDING IN VICTORIA

25th November 2011 - ROYAL LIFE SAVING CALLS FOR MANDATORY SWIMMING LESSONS IN NEW NATIONAL CURRICULUM


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