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Migrant learn to swim and beach safe program
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Mar 2021

Spending time at the beach and taking part in water-based activities is a fun and popular past-time on the Sunshine Coast. Everyone should have the chance to enjoy our wonderful lifestyle.

Council and Royal Life Saving Society Queensland have partnered to bring FREE learn-to-swim and beach safety awareness sessions to migrant residents on the Sunshine Coast with the Migrant Learn to Swim and Beach Safe Program.

Migrant residents wanting to learn to swim, improve their swimming ability and confidence, and learn beach safety awareness are invited to attend.

The program includes seven weeks of water safety and swimming lessons. Lessons are at three local Aquatic Centres and two beach sessions at Bulcock Beach, Caloundra.

  • Pool sessions teach skills such as floating, wearing lifejackets, survival techniques and aquatic fitness. They are run by appropriately-qualified Aquatic Centre staff. 
  • During the beach sessions participants will learn about the ocean, including things such as rips, currents, and safe and unsafe swimming locations. These sessions are run by Royal Life Saving Society Queensland lifeguards.

The program begins with a welcome session Saturday 13 March 2021. Learn-to-swim sessions then run every Saturday 20 March - 8 May 2021 (excluding Easter Saturday - 3 April).

Expressions of interest are now open and close shortly.

Please Note: maximum number of participants is 15 per Aquatic Centre, and submitting an Expression of Interest is not a guarantee of a place in the program. Confirmation of placement will occur prior to the commencement of the program.

*Program conditions

To be eligible for the program you must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • be a resident of the Sunshine Coast local government area
  • be from a migrant background
  • be available to attend all of the seven weeks of pool sessions, and two beach sessions
  • agree for your contact details to be forwarded to the relevant Aquatic Centre staff.

Learn to swim sessions

Sessions are held each Saturday at three local Aquatic Centres listed below. There are two types of programs designed to suit your needs:

Migrants Take the Plunge

This program is for migrant women and men. Welcome day Saturday 13 March 2021 - times below.

Date Time Location  
20 March - 8 May 2021
(excluding 3 April)
12.30–1.30pm
Caloundra Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre register interest
20 March - 8 May 2021
(excluding 3 April)
11am–12pm Nambour Aquatic Centre register interest

Migrant Women Take the Plunge

This program is for migrant women-only. Welcome day Saturday 13 March 2021 - times below.

Date Time Location  
20 March - 8 May 2021
(excluding 3 April)
11am–12pm Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim link to map register interest 

Beach Safe Session

Date Time Location
17 April
2–3pm
3–4pm
Ithaca – Caloundra City Life Saving Club
link to map
24 April 2–3pm
3–4pm
Ithaca – Caloundra City Life Saving Club
link to map

Please note: attendance at only one of the Beach Safe sessions on 17 and 24 April is required. A maximum of 40 participants is permitted.

More information

If you want more information about the program please email: theliftproject@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au