GIRLS from Gilmore College are learning valuable swimming skills as part of the Gilmore Deadly Sista Girlz program.
The Wirrpanda Foundation has partnered with Royal Life Saving Society WA to help engage more young Aboriginal people in swimming lessons.
The partnership targets Aboriginal youths, with students from Gilmore College the first targeted group.
Delivered by strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models, the Deadly Sista Girlz program aims to build self-esteem and confidence among school-aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and enable them to make informed decisions about their personal health and wellbeing to lead a positive and healthy lifestyle.
The girls are learning water safety skills through the Swim and Survive Program.
Royal Life Saving Society WA Inclusion co-ordinator Emily Balcombe said Royal Life Saving’s Swim and Survive program taught the girls vital swimming and water safety skills in a safe environment at Kwinana Recquatic.
“This program will also enable us to identify those who are ready to complete their Bronze Star or Bronze Medallion qualification which will assist them in furthering their employment opportunities when they leave school,” she said.
“This is the first program Royal Life Saving is running with the Wirrpanda Foundation, and we aim to target more schools throughout 2018.”
Deadly Sista Girlz Program coordinator Shannon McGuire said the program provides a great opportunity for the students.
“Many Indigenous students, because of financial difficulty or just being “shame” to swim with other students, may not finish a high level of water education and safety if it were not for organizations like RLS and WF working together to provide this service,” she said.
“Our DSG participants at Gilmore are very excited to be given this opportunity.”