The final program in HARDA’s Swim, Survive and Socialise Project 2012/13 was run in April 2013, during school holidays. About 40 boys & girls aged between seven and eleven, from the Horn of Africa or migrant backgrounds, were introduced to swimming and water safety lessons. The Royal Life Saving Society Australia instructors at the Aquatic Safety Training Academy, Seven Hills conducted swimming sessions for a period of 10 days. The boys and girls were given 30 minute lessons where they were taught the basics of swimming and water safety. Children were divided into different groups based on their swimming skills and their comfort level in the water.
Many of the children and their parent or responsible adult were transported by the centers bus to the Aquatic Safety Training Academy from Auburn, Blacktown, Seven Hills, and Toongabbie stations during the course of the swimming program, while others made their own way there. The swimming program had enthusiastic participation from the children who were thrilled to learn something new during the holidays. As the session progressed, it was encouraging seeing the children pick up water safety skills and swimming confidence. The children thoroughly enjoyed the lessons with smiles from ear to ear after every class. They all had fun, enjoyed the classes, liked the instructors and learnt an important life skill.