ON THE SAME WAVE
On the Same Wave (OTSW) is a development program which works towards increasing relationships, respect and understanding between the broader community and those already familiar with Surf Life Saving and its associated activities. It works with people from all backgrounds however the program is especially focused on youth with a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background and those from indigenous communities. OTSW also extends to providing programs or assisting Clubs to engage with people with a disability.
OTSW aims to increase Surf Life Saving's understanding, openness and responsiveness to cultural diversity and is now benefiting from an increased membership diversity within clubs. To facilitate this, cultural awareness programs have been provided to staff and volunteer members along with access to suitable resources for use within Surf Life Saving at the Club level to assist attract and retain new members from these communities. This has also helped to increase the understanding of this iconic Australian pastime and its associated lifesaving activities.
OTSW also aims to ensure everyone who uses the beach or swims in the surf is safe. Engagement with the program ranges from provision of promotional information and resources, to surf safety programs and community training. Program delivery varies depending on the community group and their identified requirements. It can initially be provided as part of an established educational curriculum or away from the beach in community halls or classrooms and then on the beach or in a surf lifesaving club.
For more information on the program, or to get your community group involved, contact us on 8354 6900 or by email.
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