As Australia’s population has steadily increased over time, so has the diversity and makeup of the people within it. Victoria becomes more culturally diverse each day and unfortunately many of these more recent Australians have not received water or swimming education that is so important to their safety due to a number of barriers to participation.
Participation barriers include distance to facilities, lack of transport, difficulty with language and costs. Prioritising aquatics has often been difficult in their countries of birth due to factors such as residing in land locked regions or growing up in areas involved in economic or political uncertainty.
Life Saving Victoria’s Multicultural Department’s continued commitment to projects plays a needy and vital role in improving opportunities for all Victorians to receive fundamental water safety messages and education.
Since 2007 over 110,000 multicultural participants have been involved in activities.
The above video, ‘What’s the story? Multicultural Water Safety and Settlement’, summarises the aims and activities of the LSV Multicultural Department.