MEN from multicultural backgrounds are being targeted by a Royal Lifesaving WA program in an effort to combat drowning numbers.
Two programs aimed at encouraging multicultural men to learn vital swimming skills are being run at Cannington Leisureplex this month.
Men’s Only classes are being run throughout this term to encourage men to learn basic swimming techniques.
The City of Canning was specifically targeted by the program, given 39 per cent of its residents are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
From 2016-17, there were 238 fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents recorded in WA, with 52 of these people born overseas and one third of fatal drowning incidents involved a person born overseas.
Additionally, Royal Lifesaving WA have partnered with the Indian Society of WA to run lessons for the community group’s men to break down barriers to participation.
Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai MLA attended the first Cannington class for the latest program and said while it can be daunting to take to the water for the first time as an adult, the benefits outweighed the initial hesitation.
“Learning to swim means that you can confidently participate in all of the water-oriented activities that West Australians enjoy, like swimming at the beach or going boating,” he said.
“It also means you can enjoy water activities with your children and help them to become confident swimmers too.”