|Monash Sport Deputy Director Darren McLeod receiving the award from Swim Australia General Manager Gary Toner|
Monash Sport's Water Wise swim program has been given national recognition, after receiving the "Best Swim School Innovation" Award at the Swim Australia Awards held on the Gold Coast.
The Swim Australia Awards are an annual event, recognising the best services and programs run by aquatic centers throughout the country. They are divided up into categories such as servicing the community, customer service and innovation.
The awards committee decided to present Monash Sport the "Best Swim School Innovation" Award for the Water Wise program, due to its originality in teaching university students how to swim, and its accessibility by being a free swim class.
The Water Wise swim program is an introductory swim class for Monash University students who have had no formal swimming lessons. The aim of the program is to increase water safety and swimming ability of Monash University students, particularly international students who are not accustomed to Australian beaches.
The Adult Learn to Swim Program is also funded by the Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF), meaning students who enroll in Water Wise do not have to pay for a single class.
Since Water Wise was launched in January 2015, and more than 1,500 students have participated in the beginner program.
If you would like to learn to swim through the Water Wise program, find more information on our website here.