New water safety program for over 55s

15 March 2017 - Media release

After a successful trial in 2016, the Echuca War Memorial Aquatic Centre (EWMAC) is launching a new water safety and skills program for the over 55s.

Campaspe Aquatics & Leisure Services Coordinator, Mr Ash Crimmins, said the program, recognised through the Royal Life Saving Society, aims to reduce drowning rates and encourage healthy, independent and active lifestyles.

“The Grey Medallion Program promotes water safety and aquatic participation by older members of our community so they can enjoy water-based exercise and activities with confidence and a greater level of competence,” Mr Crimmins said.

“People who took part in the four-week trial last year gave positive feedback about the program so EWMAC is offering an eight-week course for two hours a week, starting in May."

Participants will take part in theory and practical pool sessions, and on completion of the course, will receive their Grey Medallion award.

The four components of the program include:

  • water safety knowledge
  • resuscitation and emergency care
  • aquatic exercise
  • personal survival and lifesaving skills.

The Grey Medallion program is open to members of the Campaspe community aged 55 and over. It will run for eight weeks on a Wednesday, commencing 3 May 2017, from 9.00am – 11.00am. The cost is $60 per participant.

For more information or to register, contact EWMAC on 5480 2994.