AUSTRALIAN Islamic College’s Thornlie students have learnt vital swimming skills with the help of the Royal Life Saving Society.
For the past eight weeks, all student have been provided with swimming lessons by the life savers group.
All students at the school, from pre-primary through to Year 10, were involved.
Australian Islamic College sport and health teacher Heba Ridha said the lessons were “essential” for all students.
“There are a number of students who have never had swimming lessons before, so it’s great the school could offer this opportunity to the entire school this year, from pre primary to Year 10,” she said.
Royal Life Saving WA inclusion manager Jen Mickle said it was vital all West Australians, regardless of their background, had some sort of swimming skills.
“All West Australians should have the opportunity to learn to swim and because there’s some specific groups not participating due to cultural barriers, we want to break down those barriers,” she said.
Over the past five years on average, 36 per cent of people who drowned in WA were born overseas and 58 per cent were from a non-English speaking background.
Of these drowning deaths, 21 per cent were new arrivals in WA with limited water safety knowledge and swimming skills.