After a period of restricted activity, Victorians with fewer experiences around water and swimming practise can benefit from funding support to sustain essential water safety service levels and initiatives through LSV, lifesaving clubs and the aquatic industry.
Included in the funding support is $6.04M for water safety programs and services, including the continuing development and maintenance of the Public Swimming Pool Code of Practice, continuation of the Volunteer Support Officer program to support lifesaving clubs, continuing additional lifeguard deployments and rescue water craft services, a new aerial observation helicopter service, expansion of the drone (LSV RPAS) service, COVIDSafe personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning equipment for lifesaving services and lifesaving clubs, increased lifeguard services and resourcing for public safety messaging, as well as further improving the delivery of swimming and water safety education in primary schools.
In addition, the Victorian Government has allocated $3.7M to support lifesaving clubs, including infrastructure and refurbishment projects across 23 clubs, COVIDSafe support for all clubs and lifesaving equipment maintenance and servicing for all 57 Victorian lifesaving clubs.
Another $0.89M was also provided to lifesaving clubs by LSV through fee relief, cashflow support, PPE and signage.
“LSV acknowledges the significant collaboration and guidance from Emergency Management Victoria and the Department of Education for developing these critical business cases and championing water safety,” said Mevan Jayawardena, LSV’s Chief Operating Officer.
Combined with our own resources, the funding support from the Victorian Government will also enable LSV to continue to provide support for the aquatic industry, including the learn to swim sector. To date, this has included COVIDSafe recovery support for aquatic facilities and learn to swim providers; free, online professional development programs engaging 3000+ aquatic industry personnel so far, and 25 per cent discounts on all pool lifeguard training from April 2020 to December 2020.
LSV also welcomes the Victorian Government commitment of $11.2 million over two years direct to Victorian schools to continue and further improve the delivery of swimming and water safety education in primary schools.
This investment includes funding for the delivery of swimming and water safety education in Victorian government and Catholic primary schools and continuation of the Public Water Safety Initiative, which supports LSV to provide resources and direct support to schools and learn to swim providers to deliver quality swimming and water safety programs.