Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Western Australian children return to swimming lessons

Western Australian children return to swimming lessons
June 9, 2020

With Western Australia having moved to Stage Three easing of its COVID-19 restrictions, Royal Life Saving WA has announced that with swimming lessons able to restart, parents and carers should be re-enrolling their children at aquatic centres and swim schools re-open from this week.

With the three-month shutdown of Western Australia’s aquatic industry estimated to have cost $76 million in lost revenue and left many of the 4,150 strong workforce out of employment, Royal Life Saving WA Senior Manager Swimming and Water Safety Education, Trent Hotchkin, says, now that the Western Australian Government has deemed it safe to do so, getting children back in the pool as soon as possible is extremely important.

Hotchkin explained “learning to Swim and Survive is a vital life skill that all Western Australian children need to safely participate on, in and around water. Building swimming and water safety skills in young children is vital work and the single most important investment we can make as a community to prevent drowning.”

Concerned at the misconception in the community that drowning deaths only occur in summer, Royal Life Saving highlights that across Australia around one third of drowning deaths happen in autumn and winter.

Royal Life Saving is particularly concerned about the drowning risk over the upcoming school holidays, as a result of children having not been able to take part in their regular swimming lessons and with many families likely to take the opportunity to holiday around Western Australia with eased travel restrictions.

Lee Duffy, Swim School Coordinator from Wanneroo Aquamotion, says they will be re-starting their swimming lessons program next Monday 15th June, to give children and infants an opportunity to rebuild their swimming skills as soon as possible.

Duffy advised “we're looking forward to giving our customers a return to routine, including physical activity.

“Even coming into winter, the longer we hold off, the more their swimming skills are likely to regress, even if their confidence hasn't.

“Although we've taken a break, the aquatic dangers haven't done the same, so we're keen to get our swimmers back on track as soon as possible.

“Our instructors also can't wait to get back in the pool - we've all missed it.”

Royal Life Saving WA has a network of 140 Endorsed Swim Schools right across the state and has encouraged each of them to re-open as soon as possible so that children can continue their aquatic education.

Hotchkin added “getting children back into swimming lessons is a great way to not only ensure they can build vital swimming and water safety skills, but is also an opportunity for parents and carers to show their support for local swim school operators who’ve been doing it tough throughout the COVID-19 closure.”

For more information go

Images: Swimming lesson (top, courtesy of the City of Stirling) and at Wanneroo Aquamotion (below, courtesy of Autism Swim).

Related Articles

6th June 2020 - Easing of Western Australia’s Coronavirus restrictions sees Premier tell people to get out and do what they enjoy

5th June 2020 - Approval of Industry Plan sets path for reopening of Queensland’s swimming pools and aquatic centres

1st June 2020 - Lockdown reopenings: NSW museums and galleries, Western Australian facilities, Gold Coast venues

29th May 2020 - Town of Port Hedland to decommission Gratwick Aquatic Centre dive pool

28th May 2020 - ASCTA awards recognise swimming excellence

21st May 2020 - Genesis’ reopened Western Australian clubs deliver supervised group fitness

19th May 2020 - New report highlights the impact of obesity on Western Australian health system

19th May 2020 - ASCTA releases best practices for restarting swim schools and learn to swim programs

18th May 2020 - Perth’s Bold Park Aquatic Centre announces details of reopening with ‘strict attendance guidelines’

14th May 2020 - National Aquatic Industry Safety Committee endorses new risk management guidelines for swim schools and aquatic facilities

13th May 2020 - Community aquatic, recreation and sport industry alliance seeks 12-month stimulus package from Federal and state governments

12th May 2020 - Industry alliance provides guidance on community aquatic, recreation and sport operations in eased Coronavirus environment

11th May 2020 - Western Australia to allow activities with maximum of 20 participants

8th May 2020 - Western Australia’s Olympic hopefuls return to training

7th May 2020 - Western Australian Government releases factsheet on how easing of Coronavirus restrictions will impact community sport and recreation

1st May 2020 - Royal Life Saving makes the case for the reopening of Australia’s aquatic centres and swim schools

30th April 2020 - ASSA raises concerns over future of swim schools

26th April 2020 - Queensland and West Australian Governments announce easing of Coronavirus restrictions

24th April 2020 - Coach calls for elite swimmers to be given access to pools

20th April 2020 - Swimming Australia celebrates first year of iSwim

14th April 2020 - Organisers announce new date options for 2020 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

1st April 2020 - Swimplex Aquatics highlight current shutdown period an ideal time for slide and pool maintenance

25th March 2020 - Aquatic sector could lose $900 million in revenue as Prime Minister Morrison advises that all commercial pools must close

24th March 2020 - ASCTA/Swim Australia release Coronavirus guidance for swim schools

17th March 2020 - Coronavirus fears sees closure of aquatic centres despite conflicting advice

13th March 2020 - Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre celebrates one year of operation

8th March 2020 - Aquatic facilities react to Coronavirus fears

19th December 2019 - Royal Life Saving WA partners with LIWA Aquatics to stress water safety vigilance over summer holidays

9th August 2019 - Western Australian aquatic centres report identifies industry labour shortages

24th January 2019 - Royal Life Saving WA helps women learn to Swim and Survive 

17th July 2018 - New Swimming WA facility looks to aid progression from swimming lessons to clubs

4th November 2013 - Parents value swimming and water safety lessons above other out-of-school activities

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing



Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation


TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues



Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks


Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues


Anti Wave International

Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Sport


BH Fitness

BH Fitness, part of the long-standing and iconic bike manufacturer BH Group, is a global leader in fitness equipment for both Commercial and Home markets. The company, with the headquarters based in…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness



We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business