The aquatic industry came together at LSV recently for a one-day Think Tank event to collaborate and share ideas around delivering the Swimming in Schools initiative.
Promoted via industry contacts and networks, LSV put the call out for “innovative thinkers and can-do minded attendees”, resulting in 51 registrations and 42 attendees on the day; 8 of which were also parents of primary school aged children.
Attendees were made up of swim school managers, school program coordinators and swim teachers of school programs. Echuca War Memorial Aquatic Centre were the participants who travelled the furthest and it was great to include this regional centre, alongside those from outer Melbourne areas including Kyneton, Hastings, Frankston and Gisborne.
Framed around the proposal ‘help us help you’, participants were asked to collaborate on a variety of activities to come up with innovative solutions and creative ideas to maximise the funding opportunity.
The event also provided an opportunity for aquatic facilities to meet the new Swimming and Water Safety in Schools team members, including Jane Hill (LSV Swimming and Water Safety Education Manager), Aaron French (LSV Swimming and Water Safety Education Officer) and Michelle Ling (LSV Swimming and Water Safety in Schools Project Officer).
“Having experts from across the aquatics industry come together to share ideas provided many useful insights into issues and opportunities which will help inform our future workshops and resources,” says Michelle.
As background, the Swimming in Schools initiative supports Government and Catholic primary schools to deliver the swimming and water safety requirements of the Victorian Curriculum.
The initiative provides funding to ensure that by the end of primary school, all Victorian students develop swimming and water safety capabilities sufficient to achieve the competencies of the Victorian Water Safety Certificate.
LSV has been commissioned to support the education and aquatics sectors to implement the initiative and ensure delivery of high-quality school swimming and water safety programs across the state.
Feedback from the participants has been very positive and has assisted with building productive working relationships with the sector.
“It was a great opportunity for aquatic facilities to determine current resources available and identify industry needs to assist schools in implementing the Swimming in Schools initiative,” says Aaron.
LSV’s Risk and Research team is now collating the information from the day’s activities, along with data collected from the brainstorming activity conducted earlier at the AUSTSWIM Conference in Traralgon, to produce some top-level finding and actions. This will then feed in to the development of the https://lsv.com.au/education/faq-school-swimming-water-safety/PD workshops starting in December.
This data set will provide a valuable insight into the needs and requirements of the aquatics sector and will feed into content development of the support resources and professional development workshops/training to come.
Swimming in Schools is a Victorian Government funded initiative.