Learn to Swim Pilot program
Apr 11, 2019 by Brendan Hoey
For the past 3 weeks the sport services team has been facilitating a pilot Learn to Swim program at Ripples Leisure Centre, St Mary’s targeting International students.
The idea for such a program came about after a joint Chaplaincy and MATES excursion to Kiama in late 2018, wherein students felt apprehensive about entering the water due to their lack of confidence and basic swimming and water safety skills. Chaplaincy reached out to the sport services team to see if they could help address this and boy could we.
The overall goal of the Learn to Swim program is to help students gain the basic skills and confidence to engage in one of Australia's favourite past times.
Over the course of 6 weeks students will have the opportunity to learn basic swimming skills, water risks and safety, survival skills, and basic swimming stroke development. The skills gained throughout the program will be invaluable to students, and something that will stay with them for life. We look forward to seeing the positive progression all students make and are excited to be able to provide this opportunity to the students of Western.
Due to the demand we will be looking into ways to expand this offering to students so please keep an eye out for information in the near future.
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