CaLD students learn vital water safety

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In the last financial year, 280 people drowned in Australia, many of whom were from Culturally and Liguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds. To help reduce the number of water incidents and fatalities, we are proud to be funding a Life Saving Victoria aquatic skills program for CaLD youth that is taking place in Melbourne’s South Eastern Suburbs.

Nearly 400 multiculatural school students from the Middle East, Asia and Africa are participating in six fun and inclusive Life Saving Victoria beach days at Bonbeach and Edithvale Life Saving Clubs.        

For many CaLD youth and families, this is their first ever experience of an Australian beach. As such there is a lack of basic water safety knowledge such as how to identify rips or deal with an emergency. The program aims to reduce the number of water incidents and fatalities within CaLD communities by encouraging participation and raising water safety knowledge.

Importantly, the program will also help foster positive relationships between CaLD community members and local aquatic recreation facilities. This will deliver ongoing benefits for the wider community through the encouragement of social inclusion and celebration of diverse people and cultures.

Read more about our partnership here.