Women learn to swim

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

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.

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