Water wise

A senior attending the Aqua Skills course at Bayswater Waves.

A FREE swimming course for seniors in Bayswater is making such a splash, the City is looking at offering it on a regular basis.

Run in conjunction with Royal Life Saving WA, the four-week Aqua Skills at Bayswater Waves gives the over-55s a refresher in swimming, water safety and lifesaving skills.

Bayswater mayor Dan Bull says the program is invaluable for seniors in the Bayswater community.

“Sadly, a large percentage of drowning incidents in Australia involve people over the age of 55. As out population ages this is becoming an increasing issue,” he said.

“With nearly half of residents living in the City born overseas, many may not have grown up around the ocean, rivers or pools so this program is a fantastic introduction to water safety.

“Also, for those who haven’t dipped their toe in for awhile, the program is a great opportunity for them to boost their confidence in a safe and fun environment.

“Throughout the four week program, participants will learn how to keep themselves and others safe in and around the water. They will also take home essential lifesaving, CPR and rescue skills so they’ll know what to do in an emergency situation.

“The program provides flexible options to suit every swimmer, and as the weather is getting a little cooler, Bayswater Waves is the ideal place to brush up on these important skills.

“This is the first time the City has run the Aqua Skills 55+ program and as places have filled up so fast, the City is looking to offer this to the community on a regular basis, free of charge.

“This type of initiative forms part of the City’s Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, which aims to create a healthier Bayswater and promote healthy lifestyle choices for the community.”

To find out more about the Aqua Skills program or express your interest, contact the City’s environmental health team on 9272 0648.

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