Swim, Survive and Stay Alive
SWIM KIDS is an initiative of UNCLE TOBYS which is supported by Royal Life Saving Society – Australia and is designed to provide parents with the information, knowledge and tools they need to help teach their kids to swim safely.
Together, the goal of UNCLE TOBYS and Royal Life Saving is to reach the long term objective of helping thousands of Australian kids learn how to swim and survive. SWIM KIDS is a great resource for Australian parents who want their kids to learn how to swim and stay safe in the water.
Unfortunately in Australia drowning remains one of the highest causes of accidental death in children – 34 children aged 0-14 years drowned in Australian waterways the last 12 months*.
SWIM KIDS Operation 10,000 is a joint fundraising campaign of UNCLE TOBYS and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia to raise awareness and funds to provide FREE or subsidised swimming and water safety courses for children who would otherwise miss out. Each year, our goal is to give 10,000 children the opportunity to Swim and Survive.
Every year, more than 50 children between the ages of 0-17 drown in Australia, highlighting the importance of swimming and water safety education for all Australian children. While many children are learning these skills, alarmingly thousands of Australian children are missing out because of a lack of access or through financial disadvantage.
Research shows that children are most likely to miss out on swimming lessons if they come from lower socio-economic and disadvantaged areas, Indigenous communities, some multi-cultural backgrounds or if they live in rural and remote locations. These children are the focus of Swim Kids Operation 10,000**.
This year, SWIM KIDS Operation 10,000 is hitting the road with UNCLE TOBYS Ambassadors Eamon Sullivan, Emily Seebohm, James Roberts, Cate & Bronte Campbell and Matt Cowdrey.
From Sunday 17th to Sunday 24th February 2013, each Ambassador will be living at one of five pools around Australia, in Corowa (NSW), Palm Beach (QLD), Sydney (NSW), Bathurst (NSW) and Adelaide (SA) for 2,000 minutes each.
That’s a combined total of 10,000 minutes of swimming star support to raise awareness and funds for SWIM KIDS Operation 10,000!
Read more about the 2013 events click here
Joseph is seven and lives in regional Australia with his Dad. He is just one of the less fortunate children that has not had access to swimming lessons. Nominated by Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, Joseph received a term of swimming and water safety lessons through Royal Life Saving’s Swim and Survive program. Watch how his story highlights the importance of swimming and water safety education for all Australian children.
You can also “Send-a-Swim, Save a life“ to help us help more children like Joseph to learn to Swim and Survive. Link to
Please help us reach our target of providing 10,000 children with the opportunity to learn vital swimming and water safety skills that could one day save their life. ‘Send-a-Swim , Save a life” by making a donation TODAY: http://royallifesavingonlinefundraising.org.au/event/Operation10000
If you’re keen to learn more about swimming and water safety, go visit our SWIM KIDS website. On the site you’ll find a whole range of great information to help ensure your kids have the ability to stay safe in the water and, once they have the skills they need, to enjoy spending time in the water.
- A Swim School and Pool Locator of Royal Life Saving associated facilities. Find a Swim and Survive Swim School in your area by submitting your postcode (click here – links to pool finder).
- FREE Swim and Survive Water Safety Lessons (video snapshots)- helping you learn how to get your child in the pool, learning to float and kicking and paddling (click here link to..)
- Fun and safe water games to play with the family. (click here link to)
- Water safety and swimming tips for Mum’s and Dad’s wishing to learn more about how to keep their children water safe including CPR (click here).
Click here to visit www.swimkids.com.au
You can also show your support and ‘like’ us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swimkidsoz
*Ref: Royal Life Saving Society – Australia National Drowning Report 2011 -2012.
** Ref: Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (2012) No Child To Miss Out: Basic Swimming & Water Safety Education – The right of all Australian children. Royal Life Saving Society – Australia: Sydney.