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Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Program
The Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Program (RASPP) is an initiative of the Royal Life Saving Society and aims to run safe, efficient aquatic facilities in remote Indigenous communities in the north of Western Australia. The RASPP provides communities with recreational and educational swimming programs that encourage safe aquatic participation. The program works in consultation with communities and each community has a Royal Life Saving Society pool manager living in the community nine months of the year, maintaining the pools and delivering community programs which include:
- swimming lessons
- swimming and lifesaving carnivals
- birthday parties
- after-school and holiday swimming
- lap swimming
- lifesaving training and other activities at the request of the community.
The pool managers have cultural awareness training and are responsible for:
- facilitating and encouraging safe participation in aquatic activity within a specified aquatic centre
- ensuring the efficient maintenance and operation of the centre
- ensuring the centre is well presented at all times
- consulting with and working towards meeting the needs and expectations of the community where the centre is located.
The program started in 2000 and currently runs at the remote communities of Burringurrah, Jigalong, Yandeyarra, Bidyadanga, Warmun and Fitzroy Crossing. The program is funded by the Department of Housing with additional funding from BHP Billiton.
Abstract adapted from Royal Life Saving
The Royal Life Saving Society Australia WA Branch
Mt Claremont WA 6010
PO Box 28
Floreat Forum WA 6014
Ph: (08) 9383 8200
Fax: (08) 9383 9922
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