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Rotary Learn-to-Swim Program

posted 24 Jan 2014, 18:15 by Unknown user
by Bart McGann    
WATER SAFETY was the focus at Deloraine Council Pool for the past two weeks as children attended free swimming lessons conducted by accredited Austswim instructors.

The Rotary Learn-to-Swim program, which has been running for over 30 years, provides free swimming and water safety lessons to children of the Deloraine and District areas.

This year the program ran from Monday January 6 to Friday January 17 and was attended by almost 70 children from all over the Meander Valley.

The project was established after the need for water safety was identified in the rural area that has many dams, creeks and the Meander River.

As a Learn-to-Swim program it is aimed at children who cannot swim well enough to save themselves or others.

Swimming instructor, Kali Bierens, said the program was important because Deloraine is in the heart of a rural area, which presents a high level of water safety risk for children.

“Here in Deloraine we are fortunate to have a club like Rotary who cares about its young people, their family and their future,” Miss Bierens said.

“The incidence of drowning has increased in Australia over the years.

“Many children in rural Tasmania live on properties that have dams and creeks or are bordered by rivers such as the Meander.”

The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report from 2013 found 291 people drowned in Australian waterways last year with nine of these deaths occurring in Tasmania.

The highest number of deaths occurred in inland waterways such rivers, creeks, streams, lakes, dams and lagoons.