School takes swimming lessons to the creek

Posted December 11, 2013 12:41:27

A Queensland school is using a new method to improve swim skills in Indigenous students.

Cherbourg State School this year trialled swimming lessons in the local creek where students learnt survival skills and creek safety.

Principal Peter Sansby says for the past 20 years the school has conducted learn to swim programs at the Wondai pool but he says more students use the creek.

“A lot of them swim in our creeks so we thought that was really important that we distinguish between the two,” he said.

“It was creek safety, how to sweep the banks for debris and how to check underneath, you know how kids put swings in trees and things like that.”

He says the school will run three weeks of learn-to-swim lessons next year including an extension of the creek program which is run by Swimming Queensland.

Topics: schools, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, cherbourg-4605, bundaberg-4670, toowoomba-4350

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