Swim Brothers is a male only Swimming Program founded by Co-founders Omar and Feroz, after hearing the story of a near-drowning of a prominent leader in their community and his son whilst on a camping trip at Seven Mile beach in October 2019. As a result of this incident, Omar and Feroz launched Swim Brothers – a culturally sensitive learn to swim and ocean skills & safety program for all Men with an emphasis on those most vulnerable.
On a cold wet Saturday night in June, a group of 60 men braved the weather to attend an event coordinated by Swim Brothers at Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre.
Royal Life Saving NSW together with Surf Life Saving NSW, collaborated with Swim Brothers to arrange an evening to educate participants about key water safety strategies that will help them stay safe around water. The men were educated on making good decisions around water, identifying water dangers and rip currents, as well as practical demonstrations on how to provide assistance to someone in trouble. Participants also learnt some basic CPR skills and practiced putting those to good use before enjoying a BBQ and some socialising time around the pool.
This initiative is a terrific example of organisations working together to educate and upskill the more vulnerable members of our community in vital water safety and lifesaving skills.
For more information on the Swim Brothers program, visit their website .