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Kids take the plunge with the VacSwim programme

By Kevin Kelly

One of the greatest skills youngsters can learn is how to swim and the summer holidays could well be the perfect opportunity for them to do just that.

The VacSwim programme is now in its 97th year and has already helped youngsters across Western Australia to gain confidence in the water.

More than 42,000 children are expected to take part this year, which is likely to include scores from real estate in Australind as 150 beaches and pools throughout the state get involved.

Education minister Peter Collier explained how these skills will help kids develop and make the most of the school break.

"Going to the beach or jumping in the pool for a swim is such an integral part of life in this state but it's essential that while having fun people are also aware of the risks associated with water activities," he noted.

Mr Collier urged anyone who has moved from the state from landlocked countries to give the classes some consideration.

Children aged between five and 17 are able to take part and they'll be learning skills such as water safety, survival and rescue.

Classes are on offer across both indoor and outdoor venues, so it's well worth taking a look to see what's available in your local area.

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