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Water safety and swimming

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2022 Water safety and swimming education grant—changes to process

The Water safety and swimming education grant supports Queensland state schools by providing financial assistance for schools or clusters of schools with unique circumstances that present barriers to providing a sustainable water safety and swimming program.

Applications for 2022 will open on Monday 12 July 2021 and close on Friday 13 August 2021.  For more information, visit the Water safety and swimming grant webpage.

The Queensland Government is committed to providing a high quality water safety and swimming education program and developed the:

Queensland state schools, in Prep to Year 6, are required to offer a water safety and swimming program. Participation in these programs by students is not compulsory. Parents can choose for their child not to participate.

To support schools to implement water safety and learn to swim programs, the Department of Education has developed the water safety and swimming education program. All resources are based on current water safety and learn to swim best practice and are aligned to the:

  • draft National Swimming and water safety framework
  • Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (HPE) achievement standards and content descriptions
  • department's Prep to Year 10 HPE Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) materials.

The program provides eight lessons for each band of years (Prep, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, and Years 9 and 10). Supporting materials for implementing the program include guidelines, sequence of competency, competency checklists, glossary and curriculum alignment resources. The program is available to all Queensland state and non-state schools through the Learning Place and Scootle.

Schools are encouraged to include water safety and swimming as part of the delivery of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and determine the best method of delivery using school-based staff and/or qualified external providers.

The statement of expectations: water safety and learn to swim programs provides additional information about targeted programs, training, qualifications and competencies.

Schools must complete a Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment (CARA) that complies with the requirements outlined in the specific water location guidelines. Additional risks, hazards and control measures supplied by an external provider must be included with this risk assessment.

The Queensland Government also committed to providing additional funding for state primary and special schools without a pool to support water safety and swimming programs. The learn to swim funding is calculated and paid to schools automatically.

For further information, enquiries can be sent to water.safety@qed.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated 21 April 2021