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Migrant Swim and Beach Safety Awareness Program
  • Last updated:
  • 22 Jan 2018

The Sunshine Coast (and Queensland) lifestyle is very much about life at the beach and around water based activity. Through recent engagement with our migrant community and identified as an outcome in our region's Multicultural Action Plan, Sunshine Coast Council and Nambour Community Centre has joined with Queensland Surf Lifesaving, Queensland Government and Unity Water to provide FREE learn to swim and beach safety lessons for adults from a migrant background.

These free swimming lessons will provide individuals with swimming skills and beach knowledge so that future water activities can be enjoyed in a safe manner whether at the beach, river, lake or swimming pool.

The Australian and Queensland Governments, through the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, provided funding to Sunshine Coast Council and partners to deliver the Migrants Take the Plunge Program.

Unitywater has funded the Women Take the Plunge Program through their Community Sponsorship Program.

What’s on offer?

  • Individuals will receive five learn to swim lessons, one per week for five weeks.
  • Participants will also receive two more learn to swim lessons at a subsidized rate of $5.00.
  • Classes are for 45 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of supervised leisure time to enjoy the water.
  • In addition, two beach safety sessions will be conducted by Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club followed by a celebratory BBQ.

Two types of learn to swim programs are being offered, they are: 

Migrants take the plunge

A culturally appropriate swimming program which allows families, men, women and older children from 10 years old up to come together and take part in beginner swimming and beach safety classes.

  • These sessions will be conducted at Nambour or Mountain Creek public pool.
  • This program will be run four times between February and March 2018. 
  • We are offering 12 places in each session.
  • Participants must commit to the full 5 weeks of swim lessons and two beach safety awareness sessions. 

Women take the plunge

A culturally appropriate women's only swimming program which allows women from different backgrounds come together and take part in beginner swimming and beach safety classes.

  • During these sessions we have made the pool available to female only participants.
  • This program will be run four times between February and November 2018.
  • We are offering 10 places in each session.
  • Participants must commit to the full 5 weeks of swim lessons and two beach safety awareness sessions.

How to apply?

  • Participants must be from a migrant background and a resident of the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area.
  • Priority for swimming lessons is given to people who cannot swim.
  • Please download and fill in the application form[16KB] and return it to Community Development Officer, Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre, QLD 4560, or email commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

For further information please call 5475 7272.

*Please note your application does not guarantee you have secured a spot in the swim program, successful applicants will be advised by 19th January 2018. 

Migrants Take the Plunge Timetable

Session  Location Start Date End Date Time
Session 1 Nambour Aquatic Centre Saturday 3 February 2018

Saturday 17 March 2018 (5 Saturday's at pool, 2 Saturday's at beach safety awareness).

11 am to 12.30 pm
Session 2  Mountain Creek Aquatic Centre Saturday 3 February 2018

Saturday 17 March 2018 (5 Saturday's at pool, 2 Saturday's at beach safety awareness).
11 am to 12.30 pm 
Session 3 Nambour Aquatic Centre  Saturday 10 March 2018

Saturday 28 April 2018 (5 Saturday's at pool, 2 Saturday's at beach safety awareness).

No session Easter Saturday.

11 am to 12.30 pm 
Session 4  Mountain Creek Aquatic Centre
Saturday 10 March 2018

Saturday 28 April 2018 (5 Saturday's at pool, 2 Saturday's at beach safety awareness).

No session Easter Saturday.

11 am to 12.30 pm   
  • Participants must commit to the full 5 weeks of swim lessons and two beach safety awareness sessions.

Women Take the Plunge Timetable 2018 - Funded by the Unitywater Community Sponsorship Program

Session 1 – 5 swim lessons and 2 beach safety awareness sessions, starting 17 February 2018.

Session 2 5 swim lessons and 2 beach safety awareness sessions, March – April, dates and location to be confirmed.

Session 3 –  5 swim lessons and 2 beach safety awareness sessions, September – October, dates and location to be confirmed.

Session 3 –  5 swim lessons and 2 beach safety awareness sessions, November – December, dates and location to be confirmed.

  • Participants must commit to the full 5 weeks of swim lessons and two beach safety awareness sessions.

For more information email commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone 5475 7272.

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