The first Australian swimming and water safety course that will train 30 swimming instructors in Mauritius was launched today by the Australian High Commission and the Mauritius Swimming Federation.
The 30 swimming teachers who have been selected by the Mauritius Swimming Federation and the Mauritius Sports Council will follow an intensive two week swimming and water safety course by instructors from AUSTSWIM, one of Australia’s national organisations specialising in the teaching of swimming and water safety.
AUSTSWIM is a recognised training provider in each state and territory of Australia and many countries overseas. There are currently over 33,500 AUSTSWIM teachers in Australia and internationally over 10,000 licensed in teaching specific programs such as infants, people with a disability and adults.
Commenting at the launch of the program, Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius Ms Jenny Dee said “We are pleased to be supporting this training programme which is in line with the Mauritian Government’s Ecole de Natation Programme. The AUSTSWIM project also supports Australia’s sports diplomacy strategy, promoting partnerships between Australia and the region and we look forward to seeing the partnership formed between AUSTSWIM and the Mauritius Swimming Federation continue beyond this project.”
Australia is globally recognised as a swimming nation and shares swimming links with a number of countries around the world, including here in Mauritius which has had at least two Australian head coaches for its national swimming team. Australia and Mauritius has previously partnered in water safety training through life saving training between the New South Wales Central Coast Surf Life Saving and the Surf Life Saving Association of Mauritius.
The AUSTSWIM Project received financial support valued at MUR945,000 from the Australian High Commission’s small grants program, the Direct Aid Program. Applications for funding under this annual program are expected to open in August 2018. More information is available on www.mauritius.embassy.gov.au
24 July 2018