Students have fun in the swim survival program.
HUNDREDS of Year 4 students have completed a new swim survival program and are now confident to take to our waterways this summer.
In response to the spate of migrant drownings last Christmas, Canterbury League Club worked with City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council and Royal Life Saving NSW to develop and deliver a new swim survival program.
The pilot program, called Canterbury Aquatic Survival Skills Project, engaged Year 4 students from Campsie Public School, Lakemba Public, Wiley Park Public, Croydon Park Public, Canterbury Public, Penshurst Public and Wangee Park schools.
Students received hands-on experience with accredited swim instructors and learned how to do safe entry/exits, bubbles, floating, torpedo swim and remaining calm while submerged in water. They also learned about hazards at the beach, rivers, lakes and pools, how to spot danger and how to be water smart.
Teresa Kergis, a teacher at Lakemba Public School, applauded the program.
"We have a lot of students who are non-swimmers so this is an excellent opportunity for them to learn about water safety," she said.
"It's a fabulous program, more schools should get involved."
Canterbury League Club Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM says the program is aimed at getting more children into the water to practise and familiarise themselves so that they'll be more likely to remain calm in the event of an emergency situation.
Expressions of interest from local primary schools are now being accepted for the 2018 survival swim program, so email firstname.lastname@example.org.