Students learn to stay safe at beach
STUDENTS at the Australian Islamic College of Thornlie and Kewdale are the first to take part in a new water safety program aimed at culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) groups.
In the past five years, there have been 50 drownings in WA involving members of the CaLD community, which represents 37 per cent of all drownings.
The project is being run by Royal Life Saving Society WA and Communicare to target members of the CaLD community and increase participation.
Communicare said 35 per cent of these students had never been involved in formal swimming lessons previously.
Royal Life Saving Society WA said there was far less awareness in these groups of the importance of swimming and lifesaving skills.
About 150 students have registered to learn the skills of water safety, safe rescue techniques and resuscitation, and basic skills.
Australian Islamic College Thornlie student Ziara Sujud said the project was teaching her skills that she could use when she went to the beach.
“The program is teaching me things I never knew before,” she said.
“It’s really important in the future because you never know what is going to happen.”
Inclusion officer Jessica Cruickshank, from Royal Life Saving Society WA, teaches first aid to students Aisyah Fahmi (15), Natheera Kamarul Baharin (13) and Ziara Sujud (14).