Teachers saluted in water safety award

Jason Gerke

Program helps kids who might risk drowning

The work of hundreds of teachers who make water a safer place for children has been applauded in a recent award.

The Department of Education’s School Swimming and Water Safety Program was named the Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety by an Organisation at the NSW Water Safety and Austswim Awards evening.

The achievement recognises the outstanding contribution that over 500 temporary and casual teachers make to the delivery of the Department’s School Swimming and Water Safety Program.

The program has been operating in the state’s public schools since 1954 and continues to deliver quality water safety and learn to swim education.

Each year approximately 100,000 students from more than 1400 schools participate in the program.

Federation’s School Swimming and Water Safety Program Special Interest Group has a long and proud history and meets regularly to discuss issues pertaining to the administration of the program and remain informed about professional and industrial issues of teaching profession.

The lessons provided through the program are often the only opportunity students have to learn to swim, and the SIG strongly asserts the benefits of continuing and expanding the program to reduce drownings among school-age children.

Members seeking further information about the Special Interest Group are encouraged to email Jason Gerke.