Badge fees for higher-level swimming stages waived
Savings of more than $50,000 for WA families
Hundreds more children expected to gain lifesaving Bronze Medallion
A new agreement with Royal Life Saving WA will make it easier and cheaper for school-aged children to learn high-level swimming and lifesaving skills, and earn their Bronze Medallion.
Education Minister Peter Collier said students would now be able to complete higher level awards such as the Bronze Medallion without having to pay for stickers and badges.
"This agreement with Royal Life Saving WA will save families collectively more than $50,000," Mr Collier said.
"Swimming and water safety skills are essential in a State like Western Australia and I would like to see an extra 500 children gain their Bronze Medallion this summer."
The Minister said he was pleased Royal Life Saving WA had increased support for the Department of Education's VacSwim and in-term swimming and water safety programs.
"We hope these changes will help keep children in swimming lessons and also increase the number of children from disadvantaged and culturally diverse backgrounds who may currently be missing out," he said.
Recent research indicates many children will enter their teenage years with poor water survival and safety skills.
"Swimming lessons for all our children are the most important investment the community can make to reduce drowning," Mr Collier said.
In-term swimming attracts 97 per cent of public school students
New agreement relates to Department of Education-run in-term and VacSwim programs
Drowning remains one of the leading causes of preventable death in children
A small registration fee and pool entry fees still apply
Minister's office - 6552 6300