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VICSWIM Summer Kidz program continues resounding success in 42nd year

VICSWIM Summer Kidz program continues resounding success in 42nd year
March 30, 2018

Aquatics and Recreation Victoria has reported on the success of the 2018 VICSWIM Program, which saw 10,965 enrolments at 138 participating locations during January.

Making use of 108 regional venues, the Program provided 240 casual employment opportunities and the delivery of 27,500 hours’ of swimming and water safety lessons.

The VICSWIM program is an intensive learn to swim and water safety program held over the first three weeks of January. The program introduces children from the age of four and above to swimming and survival skills during a 30 minute lesson, conducted over five consecutive days. Parents have the option of enrolling their children in one, two or all three weeks of the program.

The VICSWIM Summer Kidz program complements Active Victoria,  a strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria 2017-2021, which has the vision to “increase the proportion of Victorian’s participating in sport and recreation” and has the four key pillars of healthier Victorians, economic growth and jobs, community cohesion and liveability.

Commenting on the achievements of the program, Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) Chief Executive Grant Connors advised “it is with great pleasure that we can announce the resounding success of the 2018 Vicswim Summer Kidz program.

“The program continues to deliver low cost swimming lessons to those most in need and we are progressively building on the strong community ties the program has across the state. Along with the growth in participation I am most pleased that we are able to offer programs in six of the eight greatest disadvantaged municipalities in Victoria according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics ‘Index of relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage’.”

Victorian Minister for Sport, John Eren urged all parents to support the program, adding “nothing is more important than keeping our kids safe.

“We’re blessed with wonderful beaches, waterways and pools, but too many lives are lost because people don’t have the right skills.”

“We want to make sure all Victorian children know how to swim and stay safe in the water – and VICSWIM does just that.”

37% of parents indicated the VICSWIM program was the only swimming lessons their children had participated in during the last 12 months, strengthening ARV’s determination to continue the important work of the VICSWIM program in partnership with the Victorian Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria and to increase the community benefits of the program. 

Image courtesy of VICSWIM.

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