Swim time for stu­dents

VI­TAL FOR ALL TO LEARN TO SWIM

Comment News (Armadale) - - Street Watch -

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.

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