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by | Oct 7, 2021 | Community, Education

Free swim program for Logan’s newly arrived migrants and refugees to begin next week

From next week, more kids from Logan’s diverse cultural backgrounds will begin learning to swim through Council’s free program.

The ‘Kids Alive Do the Five’ swim program made a splash in the school holidays just gone by, with over 2,700 vital water safety lessons delivered in the past week.

“Our culturally diverse communities are taking to the classes like ducks to water,” says City Lifestyle Chair, Councillor Laurie Koranski, adding that Council’s swimming programs have proved popular with the city’s multicultural communities.

“This includes an increase in children from Arabic-speaking backgrounds which is promising given our city’s rich diversity of 217 different nationalities.

“By improving swimming skills, it builds their confidence, increases participation in sport and physical activity, and ultimately saves lives.”

‘Kids Alive Do The Five’ – Cr Laurie Koranski with some of the kids taking up Council’s swim programs. Credit LCC

From next Monday, October 11 at Aqualogan Logan North and Saturday, October 16 at Aqualogan Beenleigh, Council will launch a series of classes for new Australians aged 16 years and over, with the free eight-hour Swim Logan program aimed at newly arrived migrants and refugees living in Logan City.

There will also be free water safety education sessions available in multiple languages including English, Dari, Farsi, Russian, Burmese, Swahili, Samoan, Arabic and Chinese.

Swim Logan participants also benefit from training, upskilling and capacity building to contribute to social inclusion through physical activity, including the provision of culturally-appropriate swimwear, signage, first aid and CPR training and opportunities for participants to upskill as pool instructors.

Common barriers to participation are addressed by providing free swimwear, transport and supervised activities for children during sessions.

To book, click here.

Council has partnered with the Aqua English Project and Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland to deliver the programs.

 

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