Great news today with the announcement all Queensland primary school students will receive free water safety lessons from next year!
The State Government confirmed they will be committing $3.68 million annually to increase and expand in-school swimming programs for kids, a funding boost of $2.18 million per year.
“This additional funding will mean all state schools with primary students will be funded to provide water safety and/or learn to swim programs,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.
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“We know that swimming and water sports are an integral part of Queensland life, and we want to ensure that our children are safe in and around the water.”
It comes following the final Water Safety Roundtable meeting held in Brisbane.
“We sought advice from a range of experienced stakeholders, including representatives from swimming safety organisations, school sectors and parent and teacher peak bodies, to find the best practice solutions to improving water safety for Queenslanders,” Ms Grace said.
The new water safety measures have been welcomed by Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO, John Brennan.
“We’ve always known Queensland as the Sunshine State and now we are clearly on the map as the Water Safe State,” Mr Brennan said.
“I thank the Minister for bringing all key stakeholders together to develop some real solutions to improve water safety for all Queensland children.”
The Water Safety Roundtable included representatives from Surf Life Saving Queensland, Royal Life Saving Association Australia, AUSTSWIM, Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association, P&Cs Queensland, Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association, Parents and Friends Federation, Principals’ Association Presidents, Independent Schools Queensland and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission and from a range of government agencies.