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16 November 2021

Are you confident in the water? Learn some survival skills – and win surfing lessons too!

*Update 29 November 2021*

The water safety program in Melbourne and Warrnambool has been rescheduled for March 2022. We’ll provide updated information on how to register closer to the time.

Yay for summer! Nothing sums up summer freedoms better than going for a swim – and Victoria has some of the best swimming spots in the world.

Whether it’s at the beach or a pool, river, lake or other kind of waterhole, going for a dip will feel even sweeter this summer following all those months of lockdowns and restrictions!

But swimming can also be incredibly dangerous – 294 people drowned in Australia in 2020–21. This is a 20 percent increase on the previous year, with life-saving organisations saying that the impact of lockdowns is partly to blame. There was also a 150 percent increase in rescues.

It’s not just the beach where swimmers get into trouble – the number of people drowning in inland rivers and waterways increased by more than half during this time.

That’s why learning some basic water safety skills is essential as we head into the Aussie summer. It’s also a great way to meet other students, spend some time in the beautiful outdoors and have heaps of fun!

Sign up for our free water safety program

If you’re not very confident in the water, or you’d like to refresh your water safety skills after a long break, take advantage of our upcoming free classes.

Open to all students, and held at beaches in Melbourne and Warrnambool, you’ll find this program particularly helpful if you don’t have a lot of swimming experience. (Don’t worry Geelong students: we’re holding similar classes for you in early 2022, so stay tuned for more info!)

These aren’t formal learn-to-swim classes – rather, qualified instructors will explain water safety theory and demonstrate some practical skills like body boarding and rescue strategies. You’ll then be able to take a dip and put your newfound expertise into action in a supervised environment.

Registrations close at 5pm, Friday 29 November and places are limited, so don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity.

You must be fully vaccinated to take part in this program.

Burwood students

When: Saturday 4 December, lesson goes from 11.00am to 2.00pm
Where: Altona Beach. If you need transport, there will be a free bus from Burwood Campus – please indicate when registering if you would like a seat on the bus.

Register now – you’ll receive more details on the exact location, transport and other information in a confirmation email.

Warrnambool students

When: Tuesday 7 December, lesson goes from 1 to 2.45pm
Where: Meet on the sand in front of Warrnambool Lifesaving Club, Warrnambool Beach, 76 Pertobe Rd (Vicroads Ref: 514 K10)

Register now – you’ll receive more detailed information in a confirmation email.

Surf’s up! You could also win free surfing lessons!

Once you’ve mastered the art of water safety, you’ll be ready to take on the waves. All students who complete a water safety session will go into the draw to win a double pass to learn to surf – we have four to give away at each location:

So enjoy the water and get ready for a summer of fun!

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