Earlier this year, Y Services responded to a special request to support swimming and water safety education in Aboriginal communities, by supplying goggles and swimwear in various sizes for all toddlers, children and young people in Santa Teresa and Areyonga communities. Y Services will continue to work with Y NT to help promote swimming safety in remote indigenous communities.Water safety education is crucial in remote communities, as Royal Life Saving Australia research reveals that Aboriginal children are 2.9 times more likely to drown than non-Aboriginal children and reports that they are at greater risk due to lower levels of swimming skills and water safety knowledge, combined with living in a remote location near waterways.
"The young recipients of the goggles were overjoyed with their gift and enjoyed wearing the goggles both in and out of the water! Thanks heaps to the Team at Y Services!"
- Maree FeutrillProgram Manager, Remote Pools Project