LSV is calling on organisations such as Scouts, Girl Guides, holiday and after-school care programs, camps and childcare centres to include water safety in their programming as Victoria experiences its highest drowning figures on record.
“It’s never been more important for these organisations to upskill children to get back into the water safely,” said Life Saving Victoria General Manager Education and Sport Kate Simpson. “It’s also never been easier, thanks to the wonderful resources that we have developed for every learning environment, whether it’s in the pool, at the beach, river or lake, or in the classroom – there’s a free resource to match.”
Programs and resources on offer include:
- Our cornerstone Open Water Learning Experience Program is designed to empower children to make safe aquatic related decisions while enjoying their local waterway, while teaching practical and engaging water safety, lifesaving and emergency response skills. Half day, full day and carnival style programs are available at the beach, in rivers or lakes and at the pool.
- Our Sink or Swim Program brings a lifesaver to your camp or organisation for an interactive one-hour program that empowers children to keep themselves and others safe in a range of aquatic environments including beaches, rivers, lakes, pools and the home, through engaging practical activities.
- Our Swimming & Water Safety Toolkit includes interactive resource and activity sheets to help deliver the Victorian Water Safety Certificate, personal development workshops and webinars, school swimming programs and an online educational video series.
- Virtual Reality Water Safety Education is an engaging way to educate children without leaving the classroom.
- Gamify your water safety and CPR education with the Everyday Lifesaver App.
“Our vision is that all Victorians will learn water safety, swimming and resuscitation and be provided with safe aquatic environments and venues to prevent aquatic related deaths,” said Ms Simpson. “We have the resources, now all we need is you to access them and include swimming and water safety this year.”
For more information, and to choose from a range of programs suitable for pre-school to high-school-aged students, visit www.lsv.com.au.