Our whole school ‘Swim and Survive’ Swimming Program is scheduled to run from Monday 26 to Friday 30 November 2018. We are planning some significant changes to the program this year to comply with new Department of Education and Training (DET) Swimming Instruction and Water Safety policy.
The 2018 DET ‘Swimming in Schools’ initiative supports the delivery of quality swimming and water safety education. It provides funding to ensure all students have the opportunity to learn how to swim and develop lifelong skills in water safety to reduce their risk of drowning and injury. It outlines a base level of swimming and water safety competency that children are expected to achieve before finishing primary school. This minimum swimming standard is achieved if a student can swim 50m continuously, answer water safety based questions and perform simple rescues, as described in the Life Saving Victoria - ‘Victorian Water Safety Certificate’. Follow this link for more details:
The DET ‘Swimming in Schools’ funding we have received will be used to cover the cost of all Year 6 students participating in the YRPS 2018 Swim and Survive Swimming Program in order to assist them to attain the prescribed minimum standard. Thus, swimming will be compulsory for ALL Year 6 students unless they have a medical certificate precluding them from participating.
As there are a number of students who have already demonstrated the base level of skill required, via their participation in the 2017 YRPS ‘Swim and Survive’ Swimming Program, we are introducing a Swim and Survive Extension Program for eligible students from Years 3 to 6. The extension program will combine swimming instruction and the application of swimming and survival skills in aquatic activities including endurance training, water sports, relays, tows and rescues, CPR training, introduction to spinal first aids and scenario solving.
Whilst participation in the Swim and Survive Swimming Program is not compulsory for students from Prep to Year 5, we encourage all students to join in and develop these important skills.
Keep an eye out for the ‘Swim and Survive’ Swimming Program event on Compass, which will be published soon.