02 December 2015
A SMALL group of newly arrived mothers and their children are learning vital water safety skills in Shepparton, in the lead up to Summer.
The group of Afghani women and their pre-school age children are taking part in swimming lessons at Aquamoves, in a program co-funded by Kildonan UnitingCare and Community Fund Goulburn Valley.
The program aims to make both the mums and children more confident in the water and have a better understanding of pool etiquette and water safety.
Kildonan UnitingCare CEO, Stella Avramopoulos said the participants are learning potentially life-saving skills.
“Water confidence and access to swimming lessons is something many of us take for granted in Australia.
“Many new arrivals, even adults, have never learnt to swim and this can be dangerous particularly with Summer and warmer weather approaching.”
Mums have been provided with culturally appropriate swimming costumes to enable them to participate and are joined by the Kildonan’ multicultural worker who assists with language.
“Making it as easy and comfortable as possible for the women to participate, combined with the expertise of the swimming instructors, has made the experience a really fun and positive one,” Ms Avramopoulos said.