REPORTEDLY next year all Victorian children will have to be able to swim 50m by the end of primary school, as part of a push to reduce drownings.
According to the state’s new health and physical education curriculum for 2017, learning swimming and water safety will be a key focus, reports Herald Sun.
“Development of knowledge and skills relating to survival swimming and basic water safety can significantly reduce a child’s drowning risk and enhance community safety,” the policy says.
To help deliver this lifesaving knowledge, the government will also introduce the Victorian Water Safety Certificate, which covers the specific skills and knowledge that students should have by the end of primary school to enable them to safely enjoy water activities in calm and shallow aquatic environments.
The certificate focuses on water safety knowledge, rescue skills, survival sequences and the ability to swim a continuous distance of 50m.
Details of how the program will work have not yet been shared.
Many teachers believe this will add even more strain to an already over crowded curriculum.
Parents believe an easier option is to provide a rebate for approved swimming lessons to ease the financial expense and free up schools.
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