The Courier Mail reports: ALL state primary students will be taught vital swimming and survival skills as part of an Australian-first program to start in schools next year, after a campaign led by The Courier-Mail. Under the plan to make Queensland the “Water Safe State”, students at all state primary schools would now have a water safety and/or learn to swim program from 2019.
The Queensland Government will commit $3.68 million annually – an increase of $2.18 million per year – to expand swim programs, which will comply with national standards set by the Australian Water Safety Council.
Principals in remote locations will be given funding to fly in external providers including lifesavers for intensive programs.
Teachers will also be up-skilled so that water safety lessons can be taught in classrooms as well as pools.
All schools will be audited as part of the program, to see where improvements need to be made.
The SOS campaign was sparked by warning from experts about a generation of kids who couldn’t swim to save themselves. More…
Comment: Children especially seek out open water when summer temperatures rise. As global warming reaches around the globe, lifesaving education is good news to parents who cannot be with their children around the clock. See: From lifesaving Education to None at all.