Swapping Screens for Water Safety

Life Saving Victoria’s Multicultural Department has proudly accepted a VicHealth Growing Participation in Sport grant. 

The ‘Key to Aquatics Project’ will provide innovative swimming and water safety education programs to Victoria’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities over the next three years. 

The funding will ensure LSV’s Multicultural team can continue to build on over 11 years of community engagement and work, which saw the team deliver programs to 16,000 CALD individuals last year. 

The funding announcement comes after a VicHealth Report finding that 92 per cent of teenagers don’t meet the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines of an hour of physical activity every day, while the average teenager spends more than three hours using smartphones and tablets. 

Participants enjoy the water at a Multicultural Beach Program last summer

VicHealth will partner with Life Saving Victoria to try to turn these trends around by making sport more fun and attractive to teenagers. 

“Water safety knowledge and skills are foundation skills that allow Australians to engage in life-long recreational activities and pursuits,” said Manager – Multicultural Projects David Holland. “Many young new-arrivals, or children born to migrant parents, traditionally don’t learn these water skills that many settled Australians take for granted” 

Through this VicHealth funding, LSV is able to equip young CALD Australians with water safety skills that enable them to be active through their life, and ultimately prevent chronic health issues down the track. The project will run until 2021.

More information on LSV’s Multicultural Programs can be seen here. To see the VicHealth report and more information about VicHealth’s project, please click here 

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