Getting more Australians active and in the water
In Australia we're lucky to share some of the world's most enviable swimming spots where we can enjoy one of the most popular forms of physical recreation. However adult participation has dropped off in recent years, and many minority groups are missing out on learning to swim altogether. Which is why Uncle Tobys is a passionate supporter of the Australian Royal Life Saving Society and their mission to get more Australian's safely active and in the water.
Our dedicated program, Swim My Way delivers 10,000 swim sessions to Australia’s most vulnerable communities including children living by rural waterways, migrants and the elderly.
Joseph today, a confident and passionate swimmer on his journey to greatness.
Joseph at eight years old beginning his swimming journey.
About the Swim my way program
Australia may have a reputation as a nation of swimmers, but recent statistics show that the number of us swimming regularly fell 30% in the past decade – and nearly 5% of Australian adults can’t swim at all.
The Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) has supported communities for more than 120 years by equipping them with the skills to enjoy our country’s beautiful waterways. To continue this vital work, the Swim My Way program funds swimming, water safety and aquatic programs to make swimming more accessible for more people, regardless of age or experience.
Uncle Tobys ambassadors, Olympic Champions Cate and Bronte Campbell are big supporters of the program and champion swimming at all levels - from a recreational splash to swimming at a competitive level. “Growing up in a country like Australia, being in the water is part of who we are" says Cate Campbell. "While swimming is my passion, there a multiple benefits to getting in the water for Aussies of all ages – and abilities. Swimming has been shown to improve physical health and wellbeing, connect communities, friends and families, and provide skills to safely enjoy so many activities in and around the water.”
We couldn't agree more!
To start your swimming journey, visit the Royal Life Saving Society for tips and to find your nearest aquatic centre.
Follow Royal Life Saving Society Australia for updates on the Swim My Way Program
Rural swimming in the ACT
In 2018, the Swim My Way program was delivered to a group of rural kids in the ACT.
Children from Migrant Families Learn to Swim
Kids in Victoria who've never had the opportunity to join swimming and water safety lessons recently participated in the Swim My Way program and discovered the joy of learning to swim.