These responses are provided by the Department of Education.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Swimming and Water Safety
Department of Education Media Release
23 October 2012
General Manager, Learning Services (North)
I am told primary students are eligible for 4 weeks of lessons across primary school (equalling 20 lessons). Is that right?
The program is directed towards years 3, 4 and 5 children who will participate in thirty lessons that are usually organised over ten consecutive days per year. The extension of the program to other years is desirable where circumstances permit.
Is that enough to teach the necessary water survival skills, or is more needed?
In the vast majority of cases this is adequate time to teach the necessary skills.
The website statement said: Ms Travers said that all students in Years 3, 4 and 5 are aiming to achieve the year 6 National Benchmark for swimming and water safety skills. What is the target date for meeting the benchmark?
The aim is for all primary students to achieve the benchmark by the time they leave primary school.