Life Saving Victoria Limited
Building Capacity and Developing Social Inclusion for CALD youth
November 2016 - October 2017
The Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020 identified members of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities as being in a high risk category and a priority for water safety and education strategies.
Life Saving Victoria is the peak body for water safety in the state, working with members, educational institutions, government and other community organisations to provide best practice education, surveillance/rescue, training, and risk management services.
With a volunteer membership base of more than 30,000 people, Life Saving Victoria aims to ensure all visitors to the state's patrolled coastal and inland waterways are provided with a safe and enjoyable aquatic experience.
Life Saving Victoria will be funded to deliver an aquatic skills and education program for CALD youth in Brimbank and Greater Dandenong, two regions with the highest proportion of newly settled Australians across Victoria.
The project aims to reduce the number of water incidents and fatalities within CALD communities by encouraging participation and improved knowledge of water safety through classroom education sessions, learn-to-swim classes, and beach education days.
Around 1,600 youth will participate in the program helping to raise their water safety knowledge and improve their existing swimming ability, which in turn will create positive, healthy changes in their attitude towards water safety.
The program will also develop sustainable relationships between CALD community members and existing local aquatic recreation facilities. This will deliver ongoing benefits for the wider CALD community and local businesses through encouraging social inclusion and providing opportunities for socialisation both within and beyond respective cultural groups.
For more information on the program visit www.lsv.com.au