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Kids water safety program could save lives

25 November 2016

This summer up to 15,000 primary school aged children are expected to enrol in SA Water VACSWIM – a week long aquatic safety program teaching kids vital water safety and survival techniques that could save lives.

Boasting over 50 years of history, SA Water VACSWIM is held at over 130 pool and beach locations across South Australia with the support of Surf Life Saving SA, Royal Life Saving SA, YMCA and a number of independent providers.

The aquatic safety program is not a learn to swim program, but rather aims to teach children vital water safety and survival techniques 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.

The main SA Water VACSWIM program commences on January 3, 2017 with organisers ramping up the public call to action with an official launch and new television commercial that for the first time brings the iconic ‘VACSWIM Buddy’ to life.

It’s hoped that the animated VACSWIM Buddy will connect with young viewers and begin to instil an understanding of the need to be safe around water and essentially encourage families to enrol their children.

VACSWIM is described as the best value for money aquatic safety holiday program with individual enrolment starting at $30 per participant.

The program is proudly supported by the Government of South Australia through the Office for Recreation and Sport and major sponsor SA Water.

To find out more and to register families can log onto