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10 June 2022

Wilcannia teachers actively bridge the swimming lesson gap for their community

Training & Development
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Several local Wilcannia school teachers have added another degree under their belts – they are now qualified Swim Teachers!

One of our key project coordinators recently delivered a training package, covering CPR program, First Aid training in a childcare setting and the RLS Swim Teacher course.

The combined workshop has allowed the community to open its doors to more swimming lessons and water safety education to locals and surrounding communities.

RLS Project Coordinator, Renee Amidy, travels frequently to remote areas where it is possible to deliver lessons in person. “The teachers who have completed the Swim Teacher training can now conduct Learn to Swim lessons in their own town as kids currently have to travel to Broken Hill for lessons which are 2.5hrs away.”

The course provided training to several key indigenous members of the Wilcannia Community. “It is our goal to assist in breaking down barriers to create more inclusive lessons that encourage young indigenous students to participate in swimming and water safety lessons in their local pool. They are purchasing Swim and Survive program to assist them with starting lessons and have welcomed SwimVac if we can assist with funding,” said Ms Amidy.

The course was knowledgeable and fun! I learnt a lot of things and had lots of laughs, I'm enjoying teaching children a skill for life. Definitely recommend to anyone that wants to do the course. - Teacher participant

Any questions, please contact our team or call us on (02) 9634 3700.

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