Clontarf Aboriginal College students complete first Swim and Survive program

Clontarf Aboriginal College students Shaneal Karadada-Bundamarra and Ola James.
Clontarf Aboriginal College students Shaneal Karadada-Bundamarra and Ola James.

GIRLS from Clontarf Aboriginal College completed their first Swim and Survive program at Cannington Leisureplex thanks to a partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society of WA.

Boys from the college had their swimming lessons at Aqualife in Victoria Park.

The drowning rate among Aboriginals in Australia is three times higher than that of other children up to 14 years of age, and is the second most common cause of injury and death.

About 40 students from Years 7 to 9 participated in a week of swimming and water-safety lessons.

Clontarf Aboriginal College’s physical education teacher Rob Thompson said it was a great experience for his students.

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