ROYAL Life Saving WA is stepping in to help Muslim children swim safe this summer.
Recent drowning data in WA highlights the fact that people from cultural and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds are over-represented in drowning deaths.
“Many people from CaLD communities have never had the opportunity to participate in swimming and water safety programs that many Western Australians take for granted,” Royal Life Saving WA CEO Peter Leaversuch said.
Over an eight week period this term, the group is working with the Australian Islamic College in Kewdale to provide subsidised Swim and Survive lessons.
“This program aims to break down barriers to participation amongst CaLD communities such as cost and access to culturally appropriate venues and programs,” Mr Leaversuch said.