School swimming focus for Swim and Survive Licensee Forum

LSV’s annual Swim and Survive forum, held last month, achieved record attendance numbers, with 90 attendees representing 53 licensees from across the state.

Held at Lifeguards@200, the forum attracted licensees with a diverse range of operations, from private swim centres and council-run pools to sole operators and schools, with some attendees travelling from as far as Warrnambool, Echuca, Shepparton and East Gippsland, as well as and a wide range from Metro Melbourne.

This year’s overarching topic was Schools, Schools, Schools! with licensees receiving key information and updates on the recent state budget funding for learn to swim programs for primary schools.

LSV CEO Dr Nigel Taylor opened the forum by reinforcing the positive result that the introduction of this funding will have on school children, parents, schools and the aquatic industry, ultimately supporting the shared mission to prevent drowning.

Key presentations included:

  • LSV General Manager Education Services Kate Simpson covered changes to the Victorian Curriculum, state budget and overview of the Victorian Water Safety Certificate;
  • Teachers Dianne Britton, Kate Dunne and Amelia Pollock of Skipton Primary School presented a school’s perspective on Swim and Survive and the Victorian curriculum;
  • LSV General Manager Public Training & Pool Safety Andy Dennis introduced the Safer Pools Project;
  • Shirley-Anne Milgate from Echuca War Memorial Aquatic Centre discussed marketing and promotion of school swimming programs;
  • Kyneton Toyota Sports and Aquatic Centre’s Lisa Pennington covered ways to include and promote water safety to schools and parents; and
  • Jono Burton from Aquapulse presented on strategies for using pool space effectively to accommodate an increase in swimming programs in an already busy pool.

In the afternoon, guest presenters formed a panel, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions and explore ideas raised in the forum.

LSV Coordinator Aquatic Education Services Jennifer Howgate said the forum was a great success.

“It was a busy agenda, with so much evolving in the school swimming space and lots of new information for our licensees to take in,” she said.

“The forum was a great opportunity for valuable information sharing, both by the presenters and between licensees.

“Providing relevant information and networking opportunities are the keys to a successful forum and it was rewarding to see our attendees learning and enjoying themselves,” she said.

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