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.
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.
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:
Warrnambool students: win a double pass @ Go Surf.
So enjoy the water and get ready for a summer of fun!
The promoter of this competition is Deakin University ABN 56 721 584 203 of 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong VIC 3220.
Information on how to enter forms part of these Terms and Conditions. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and entries must comply with these Terms and Conditions to be valid.
This competition is governed by the laws in force in the state of Victoria, Australia.
The competition is free to enter and is strictly only open to current Deakin students. These students must also complete and submit an entry in the manner set out in the Terms and Conditions.
Entrants may only enter the competition once.
Staff employed by Deakin and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter the competition.
Entries for Burwood students are now open and close on Saturday 4 December 2021.
Entries for Warrnambool students are now open and close on Tuesday 7 December 2021.
Burwood students will go in the draw for one of four learn-to-surf vouchers at Urbn Surf. Each voucher includes entry (includes board and wetsuit) and beginner surf lessons for two people. Each voucher is valued at $168.
Warrnambool students will go into the draw to win one of four learn-to-surf lessons at Go Surf School. Each voucher includes entry (includes board and wetsuit) and beginner surf lessons for two people. Each voucher is valued at $80.
Total prize pool is valued at $992.
How to enter
Students are automatically entered into the draw after registering for a session. To be eligible students must complete the session.
Selection and notification of winner
The winners will be randomly selected on Friday 10 December 2021.
The winners’ names will be announced on the DeakinLife blog on Monday 13 December 2021 and winners will be notified by email.
The winners will be emailed a voucher to redeem their prize.
Prizes are not transferable and are not redeemable for cash. Deakin’s decision is final and binding – no correspondence will be entered into. Deakin accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries or other communications. Entries will be deemed void if forged, manipulated or tampered with in any way.
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The winners consent to their name and photograph being published on Deakin social media and other digital channels if requested to in any and all forms as determined by the Division of Student Life.
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