More Than 42,000 Western Australian Children Learn To Swim With VacSwim Program

More Than 42,000 Western Australian Children Learn To Swim With VacSwim Program

Western Australia Minister for Education Peter Collier

VacSwim Makes A Splash For School Holidays

Victor P Taffa

  • More than 42,000 WA children start summer swimming lessons today
  • VacSwim program now in its 97th year having started in 1919
  • Program is the largest of its kind in Australia

More than 42,000 Western Australian children are expected to take part in swimming lessons from today at more than 150 beaches and pools throughout the State.

Education Minister Peter Collier signalled the start of the State Government’s VacSwim program for the summer school holidays. This follows the success of the October holiday program involving about 10,000 children.





“This is the 97th consecutive year of the VacSwim program, which teaches some of the most vital skills any West Australian can have.” Mr. Collier said.

“Going to the beach or jumping in the pool for a swim is such an integral part of life in this State but it’s essential that while having fun people are also aware of the risks associated with water activities.”

“It is important children gain skills in swimming, water safety, survival, rescue and lifesaving as early as possible in life, so they can enjoy the benefits of our beautiful coastline and climate without putting themselves in danger.”

The Minister said the program was open to children aged 5 to 17.

“There are plenty of options with classes conducted at indoor and outdoor venues.”

“VacSwim may be seen traditionally as a program for younger children but there are many older children who also need these skills, particularly those whose families have arrived in Western Australia from land-locked countries.” Mr. Collier said.

Fact File

  • VacSwim is for children over 5 on the first day of classes and under 18 on the last day
  • Enrolments have now closed but there are limited vacancies for some classes