Life Saving Victoria’s CALD water safety, swimming, training & jobs pathway

Life Saving Victoria’s CALD water safety, swimming, training & jobs pathway

The Action

Delivery of culturally appropriate swimming, water safety activities to build CALD community capacity and develop role models

Our multicultural swimming and water safety pathway aims to build the water safety skills, knowledge and confidence of CALD community members.

We do this through a series of capacity building activities which individuals can progress through to become employed within the aquatics industry and become role models for their community.

The activity pathway is as follows;

– Classroom
– Beach
– Swimming lessons
– Training courses (pool lifeguard, swim teacher, beach lifesaver)
– Employment or volunteering

We connect with over 450 community partner organisations to directly engage 22,000 participants annually.

The training and employment pathway has multiple benefits;
– Improved settlement & social cohesion
– Improved water safety
– Increased access and visitations to local community facilities
– Role model affect which promotes water safety to the wider multicultural community
– Local facilities and lifesaving clubs aiming to have a workforce who reflects their community demographically

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The Goal

Increase the swimming and water safety skills, knowledge and confidence of multicultural communities to prevent drowning.

Priority Areas

  • 2
    Priority Area: People
    Focus: Young males (15-29 years)
  • 3
    Priority Area: People
    Focus: Older people (65+ years)
  • 4
    Priority Area: Places
    Focus: Beaches, oceans & rocks
  • 5
    Priority Area: Places
    Focus: Rivers & lakes
  • 6
    Priority Area: Places
    Focus: Aquatic facilities
  • 10
    Priority Area: Risk factors
    Focus: Swimming & water safety skills
  • 14
    Priority Area: Populations
    Focus: Multicultural communities

Why is this Project Important to the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030?

Assists the 2030 targets for multicultural groups;
- Increased availability of programs
- Reduce drowning rate by 50%

Key Steps to Make It Happen

  1. 1. Engage Community Partners

    LSV works with community groups, churches, language schools and TAFES to engage program participants

  2. 2. Program - classroom

    Deliver classroom based water safety & CPR sessions to increase the knowledge and confidence of CALD communities

  3. 3. Program - beach / river

    Deliver beach / river excursions to increase the knowledge, confidence and skills of CALD communities in open water

  4. 4. Program - swim lessons

    Deliver swim lessons courses to increase the confidence and skills of CALD communities and increase capacity for training

  5. 5. Training Courses / Jobs

    Delivery of 1st aid, pool lifeguard, swim teacher and beach lifesaving training courses, trainees become community role model

Achievements or Impacts To Date

LSV has directly engaged 200,000 people from CALD backgrounds since 2006

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