VICSWIM Summer Kidz Program21 January 2016
A much-loved Victorian water safety program that teaches kids vital survival skills has marked a major milestone.
Minister for Sport John Eren today visited the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre to pay tribute to VICSWIM's Summer Kidz Program, which has offered children from disadvantaged families a low-cost introduction to water safety for 40 years.
Victorian kids love to swim, but without the right survival skills the water can be a dangerous place. Between 2003 and 2013, 31 Victorian children aged between 5 and 15 drowned. A further 174 non-fatal incidents were recorded.
Set across five days in the January school holidays, VICSWIM Summer Kidz is a chance for kids to learn the perils of unsafe swimming, but also an opportunity to make friends and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. There are more than 9500 children taking part in water safety activities at more than 100 pools across the State this summer.
The Victorian Government wants all Victorian kids to learn to swim, no matter their background or where they live. That's why the Government has provided $400,000 towards this summer's instalment of the program. It means eligible families can enrol their children for the five-day course for just $30.
The VICSWIM Summer Kidz Program is delivered in partnership with Aquatics and Recreation Victoria.