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Learning to swim is challenging yet very rewarding. In semester one, 2018, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness introduced a free Water Safe Program for University of Sydney students with limited or no experience in water.

Run out of the Sports & Aquatic Centre’s Peter Montgomery heated indoor pool, the 10-week course attracted 108 enrolments.

The primary aim of the program was to provide students with the skills and confidence needed to survive in and around water – something that many Australians take for granted. A secondary aim of the program was to provide these students and their instructors with a genuine campus experience that they will hopefully remember and cherish forever.

A unique aspect of the program is the student to student connection achieved through all Water Safe Program instructors being USYD students themselves. Having student teachers has allowed the Water Safe participants to build rapport with other University students and, in many cases, has provided the students with their first real interactions with University students outside of their immediate peer groups.

Conversely, it has also given our Water Safe instructors a terrific insight into the lives of other students on campus. A social event was also held for all water safe participants allowing them to discuss their experience and in November this year, SUSF are planning to coordinate a visit to a beach which will include a briefing session with a Surf Life Saving Club.

Registrations for the Semester 2 Water Safe Program open Monday 2nd July, 2018. Interested or know someone who might be?

Call 1300 068 922 or email [email protected]