Sea Sure Swim School
Our Sea Sure Swim School project aims to reduce drowning deaths in South Australia.
The National Coastal Safety Report indicates that only 38% of Australians can swim further than 30m in the ocean without stopping. It also says that swimming accounts for 33% of all drowning deaths. Our statistics indicate that senior Australians, Indigenous Australians, youth and people from Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds are over-represented in drowning and rescue statistics.
With 9.2 million beach visitations taking place in South Australia each year and 51% of all SA residents swimming at our beaches during the summer months, we know that preparing the community for coastal conditions is a core priority for drowning prevention.
With this in mind Surf Life Saving South Australia would like to introduce the Sea Sure Swim School. It involves inviting public access to free, social and fitness opportunities whilst improving coastal safety literacy and increasing bonds between lifesavers and the community.
Course: 5 week program of FREE ocean swimming lessons
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Location: Glenelg Beach
Times: 5.30pm OR 6.30pm
Duration: 1 hour lesson, including water safety education
Capacity: 30 participants per hour time slot (10 per group)
The swimming lessons will be delivered by accredited swimming instructors and aims to improve the open water swimming ability of community members.
The benefits to the community include:
- Increased public safety at SA beaches
- Improved physical & mental health outcomes for participants
- Increased access to safe and affordable fitness activities at the beach
- Improved social connection for marginalised community members
- Increased diversity in participants in Surf Life Saving.
For more information on the Sea Sure Swim School contact
Lee Dalzell Participation & Community Programs Officer at Surf Life Saving SA on (08) 8354 6900