The Knox Leisureworks Aquatic and Leisure Center in the Melbourne suburb of Boronia recently partnered with the Belgravia Foundation and the Migrant Information Center (Eastern Melbourne) (MIC) to test ‘All In’ – an eight week swim program . Owned by Knox City Council, Knox Leisureworks Aquatic and Recreation Center is operated by Belgravia Leisure and caters to people of all ages and abilities.
The “All In” program is designed to help participants build their confidence in and around the water, while building the confidence and ability of swimming instructors to welcome, support and include people with disabilities and diversity in life. aquatic experiences.
According to Royal Life Saving Australia, certain populations, such as ethnic minorities and migrants, are at greater risk of drowning. Swimming and water games are an integral part of life here in Australia, which makes swimming skills and water safety extremely important to all Australians.
Throughout the trial program, Knox Leisureworks engaged with six people with disabilities as well as 22 participants from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including young people aged 5 to 12 who identify with the Zomi community. .
To ensure that the swimming instructor could communicate effectively, demonstrate and be practical with the students, the children were placed in small classes of five. Participants learned basic water safety skills in addition to activity-based learning techniques. At the end of the program, students received a certificate highlighting their achievements and skills acquired. By having a certificate, participants can go directly to a GOSwim class.
Speaking about the program, Sawm Suante, Settlement and Project Officer at the Migrant Information Center, said: “The ‘All In’ swim program is a fantastic program because it focuses on people who really have need special support. I have been working at the Migrant Information Center Eastern Melbourne (MIC) for 11 years and I organize many programs. This particular program is one of the few programs where I don’t have to send reminders to participants! Participants are ready and eager to join another swim program.
The “All In” program was created by the Belgravia Foundation whose mission is to connect the community to sport, recreation, fitness and leisure to ensure that no one misses something. To help integrate the program into Knox Leisureworks, the Belgravia Foundation recently applied for a grant through the Knox City Council Community Development Fund to ensure that the program is not only successful, but sustainable into the future.
To find out more about the Belgravia Foundation, visit belgraviafoundation.org.au/
For more information on swimming lessons at Knox Leisureworks, visit knoxleisureworks.com.au/learn-to-swim/children
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