Wear It Australia is pleased to support this petition in view that the “child” will one day have the right to obtain a boating license and then have the responsibility of a skipper in charge of other non-swimmers on board his vessel. The ability to swim is not a condition of a recreational boating license in Australia.
Research data from the National Boating Usage Study 2009 identified that 48% of skippers could only swim between o – 200 metres with one in a hundred not able and 6% not sure.
Royal Life Saving’s earlier estimates that 1 in 5 kids are unable to swim 50 metres may be overly optimistic and it is now believed that more than 1 in 5 may not be able to swim at all. Today, an estimated 600,000 young adults are at risk; tomorrow and in the next decade we fear this figure will double.
Royal Life Saving believes that the rapid increase in drowning in young adults aged 15-24 years is undeniably linked to a fall in the swimming and water safety skills of children in Australia over the past 10 years.
Royal Life Saving is calling for; support for parents struggling with the financial burden of lessons; and funds for urgently needed programs to target rural, Indigenous and multicultural communities.
Royal Life Saving believes that parents, community organisations and the swim school industry should all commit to making swimming and water safety compulsory for all children living in Australia and has launched a National petition to raise the issue with Governments across the country.
Please sign the petition to pledge your commitment to ‘No child should miss out on learning to Swim and Survive’; compulsory swimming and water safety lessons in Australian primary schools, that federal, state and local governments should work together with parents, community groups and industry to ensure Australia continues to be a nation of swimmers.
Dear Governments across Australia,
I have just signed the petition ‘No Child Should Miss Out on Learning to Swim.’
I believe it is the right of every child living in Australia to have access to a swimming and water safety education.
I pledge my support to make swimming and water safety lessons compulsory in Australian primary schools; support for parents struggling with the financial burden of lessons; and fund urgently needed programs to target rural, Indigenous and refugee communities.
Wear It Australia
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