Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

YMCA urges parents to keep children’s water safety skills a priority

YMCA urges parents to keep children’s water safety skills a priority
November 26, 2010

Following the Royal Life Saving Society's recent revelation (see link below) that one in five children will leave primary school this year without swimming and water safety skills, YMCA Victoria is urging parents to continue their children's water safety skills this summer.

To help, the YMCA Victoria is running a five day intensive AquaSafe Holiday Program over the summer period at pools and aquatic facilities across the state.

YMCA Victoria Chief Executive Peter Burns explains âtoo many drownings occur across the nation every year, and we're focused on giving children more opportunities to be safer in and around water.

"The key focus of our AquaSafe Holiday Program is to provide students with opportunities to gain vital water safety skills and personal survival knowledge to help keep them safer in all aquatic environments they might encounter.

"Children can experience a lot of different water environments over the summer holidays - backyards, public pools, rivers, lakes, beaches and oceans. We want to help prepare children for the potential dangers of these environments."

The five day intensive development program is instructed by AUSTSWIM qualified teachers and each session runs for 45 minutes.

The YMCA is also offering a 10% saving on the holiday program for enrolments before Monday 20th December 2010.

Burns adds "we know it's an expensive time of year with Christmas and holidays approaching and we want to make it a little easier for families."

YMCA also offers subsidised access to families experiencing disadvantage with hundreds of Victorian families already receiving this funding.

With the VICSWIM program not running this year, YMCA Victoria is making sure there are many opportunities for aquatic education over the summer holidays. Last year the Y provided aquatic education to more than 22,000 Victorian school children. 

17th November 2010 - ONE IN FIVE AUSSIE KIDS CAN’T SWIM 

10th February 2010 - HANSON BACKS LEARN TO SWIM LESSONS FOR ALL AUSSIE KIDS

11th November 2009 - DROWNING SPARKS CALL FOR NATIONAL WATER SAFETY PROGRAM 

19th March 2009 - YMCA CALLS FOR INVESTMENT IN HEALTH


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 www.ausleisure.com.au 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

iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

Vticket

Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

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

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

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