Swim time for students
VITAL FOR ALL TO LEARN TO SWIM
AUSTRALIAN Islamic College’s Thornlie students have learnt vital swimming skills with the help of the Royal Life Saving Society.
For the past eight weeks the students have been provided with swimming lessons by the lifesavers group.
All students at the were involved.
Australian Islamic College sport and health teacher Heba Ridha said the lessons were essential for all their students.
“There are a number of students who have never had swimming lessons before, so it’s great the school could offer this opportunity to the entire school this year, from preprimary to Year 10,” she said.
Royal Lifesaving WA inclusion manager Jen Mickle said it was vital all West Australians, school regardless of their background, had some sort of swimming skills.
“All West Australians should have the opportunity to learn to swim and because there’s some specific groups not participating due to cultural barriers, we want to break down those barriers,” she said.
Over the past five years, on average 36 per cent of people who drowned in WA were born overseas and 58 per cent were from a non-English speaking background.
Of these drowning deaths, 21 per cent were new arrivals in WA with limited water safety knowledge and swimming skills.
Australian Islamic College Thornlie students Geeti Weisi and Nawaal Junaid are giving swimming lessons a go.