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Enrolments now open for the summer 16/17 VACSWIM program

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

9 September 2016

VACSWIM enrolments now open - click here for more information 

SA Water VACSWIM – South Australia’s largest and most iconic aquatic safety program with over 50 years of history – is now open for registrations with organisers encouraging all families to sign up early.

Over 13,000 primary school aged children are expected to take part in the SA Water VACSWIM 16/17 program, held at more than 130 pool and beach locations across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

VACSWIM is a Government of South Australia initiative which provides primary school aged children with opportunities to develop a range of skills and positive experiences in the areas of water safety, confidence and competence in the water, personal survival activities and basic aquatic emergency procedures.  

Rather than a learn to swim program, the state wide initiative should be viewed as a supporting activity covering a range of vital water safety and survival techniques that could save lives this summer including first aid, entering and exiting the water correctly, surf and sun safety and what a child can do if they find themselves in trouble.

Reaching out to all people particularly children and families that come from multi-cultural backgrounds is a significant focus for the 2016/17 season to ensure all children have the confidence and competence to enjoy the water safely this summer.

SA Water VACSWIM is delivered by Surf Life Saving SA, Royal Life Saving Society SA and YMCA at the peak of the summer holiday period, with the majority of locations offering VACSWIM from the 3rd - 11th January 2017, in line with the Christmas and New Year holiday break.

VACSWIM is inclusive of all abilities and aims to be an affordable program with the enrolment fee sitting at around $30 across the state, whether you're participating on the coast or in a swimming pool.

To find out more and to register your children log onto

VACSWIM is proudly supported by the Government of South Australia through the Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) and the program’s major sponsor SA Water.