The learn-to-swim summer program has been running since 1976, helping generations of young Victorians aged between four and 12 learn life-saving skills, swimming basics, water safety and survival knowledge. The program provides families with five low-cost, 30-minute lessons across a week.
A record 16,141 children took part in the program last summer at 167 venues across Victoria – including 123 regional venues – coordinated by Aquatics and Recreation Victoria. The program will support 300 casual workers to deliver three weeks of water safety and skill development in January.
Aquatics and Recreation Victoria chief executive Kathy Parton said this funding will ensure we can provide vital skills and safety knowledge to thousands of kids at different locations across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne – as well as support about 300 jobs.
Tragically, 13 children under the age of 17 drowned in Australia last year, which highlights the importance of programs like the VICSWIM Summer Kidz Program to teach kids water safety and skills.
The Victorian Government is investing $55.2 million to support swim and water safety education programs in government, Catholic and special schools, and will also introduce them in government English language schools.
Go to VICSWIM Summer Kidz Program 2022 for more information and to enrol in classes.