With summer just a fortnight away SA Water VACSWIM has officially launched the 2016/17 campaign, prompting families to register their children for South Australia’s most significant aquatic safety program designed to save lives.
In 2016/17 up to 15,000 primary school aged children are expected to enrol at over 130 pool and beach locations across South Australia with the support of Surf Life Saving SA, Royal Life Saving SA, YMCA and a number of independent providers.
Boasting over 50 years of history, SA Water VACSWIM is a week-long aquatic safety program (not a learn to swim program) that aims to teach children vital water safety and survival techniques that could save lives this summer including first aid, entering and exiting the water correctly, surf and sun safety and what a child can do if they find themselves in trouble.
The main SA Water VACSWIM program commences on January 3, 2017 and as of today organisers will ramp up the public call to action with an official launch and new television commercial that for the first time brings the iconic ‘VACSWIM Buddy’ to life.
It’s hoped that the live VACSWIM Buddy, will connect with young viewers and begin to instil or reinforce an understanding of the need to be safe around water and essentially encourage families to enrol.
The Staunton family from Adelaide’s east have once again enrolled Sophie (9yo), Emily (8yo) and for the first time Jesse who is now able to take part having reached 5 years of age.
Mum, Megan Staunton, explains that VACSWIM is a must for her family and they enjoy actively encouraging other families to sign up.
“For us it’s about doing something fun and pro-active to keep safe each summer and the kids really enjoy the opportunity to make new friends. Nothing will ever replace the need to keep watch of your children around water at all times but it is great to reinforce this with their own understanding of the dangers that they face when they enter the water,” explains Megan.
VACSWIM is described as the best value for money aquatic safety holiday program with individual enrolment starting at $30 per participant, and is proudly supported by the Government of South Australia through the Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) and major sponsor SA Water.
To find out more and to register families can log onto www.vacswimsa.com.au