Women learn to swim
Hedland’s service providers have teamed up to offer a Multicultural Women’s Only Swim and Survive program, encouraging new Australian residents to learn to swim.
Participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, India and Zimbabwe took part in the program’s first lesson earlier this month at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre.
Attendees’ ages ranged from 25-60, learning swimming and water safety skills and overcoming water anxiety.
Royal Life Saving Society WA Pilbara development officer Jacqui Forbes said RLSSWA was pushing the program with Pilbara Legal Services, supported by the Town of Port Hedland and BHP.
“The support the women show one another is extremely special to witness and beneficial for them all to complete their Swim and Survive training together,” she said.
“The lessons are more than just saving lives, they also have a great social outcome of bringing groups together and social bonding.”
Eighty per cent of participants have lived in Australia for less than five years.