Larrakeyah Students Making a Splash in Term 4 Swimming Program
The school term started with a splash as our students embarked on their Term 4 Swimming Program for 2018. Enjoying, and cooling off, in the water is a big part of the Territory lifestyle and swimming technique, water safety, and survival skills are an important part of student development. Larrakeyah Primary School is dedicated to ensuring students can enjoy Darwin's pools, lakes, beaches, and waterfalls safely and confidently.
Being a good swimmer isn't just about knowing the techniques, it's about water safety, awareness, and survival skills. Our swimming programs cover all areas to develop our student's awareness and appreciation of water and prepare them to help both themselves and others if the need arises.
The swimming program focuses on:
- water familiarisation
- buoyancy and mobility
- aquatic safety, survival, and rescue skills
- efficient stroke development (breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke)
- survival strokes (survival backstroke and sidestroke)
About the swimming program
Students participate in an 8 lesson program over two weeks, with all year levels moving through the program during the first 6 weeks of Term 4, 2018. Each 45-minute lesson is run by a qualified Royal Life Saving Society instructor.
Students are tested and assessed by instructors and swimming levels will be issued and recorded, allowing students to progress to more advanced techniques and skills in the following years.
This year's swimming program is being held at HMAS Coonawarra, a Royal Australian Navy base, who have kindly allowed us to use their pool and facilities.
The faculty has worked hard to ensure that the swimming program is open and affordable to all and was pleased to be able to offer the swimming program for just $70 (less than $10 per lesson). An incredibly competitive offer when compared to private swimming lessons.
Commitment to water safety development
Developing strong swimming skills is a vital part of enjoying the Territory lifestyle and a fundamental life skill. Unfortunately, too many people still die from drowning each year in Australia.
Royal Life Saving Australia reported that 249 people drowned in Australian waterways in 2018.
The top three locations where drownings occurred are:
- river, creek, and stream
- ocean and harbour
Most people who drowned did so while swimming or recreating (26%), boating (15%), or from falling into waterways (14%).
Thankfully, due to improved education, awareness, skill development, and training drowning deaths are on the decline.
Swimming and water safety skills remain an important focus for the Larrakeyah Primary leadership team, and swimming programs teach students vital swimming skills that enable them to enjoy the water safely.