BUNNALOO and Mathoura primary school students (pictured) have graduated from this year’s Murray Irrigation Learn to Swim program.
The program is Murray Irrigation’s most significant community funding initiative and this year involved 18 primary schools and four swim clubs from across the company’s operational footprint.
The program covers water safety, swimming, rescue, CPR and survival techniques, with an emphasis on increasing water confidence and awareness.
Murray Irrigation first launched the program in 2003 to help offset the cost of travel, pool entry, equipment, as well as instructor and life guard wages and makes participation more accessible to all local children.
Chief executive Michael Renehan said the company was committed to the safety of children around water.
‘‘As Australia’s largest private environmental and irrigation water delivery company, we see it as a duty of care to ensure children are safe around water,’’ he said.
‘‘We live in an area where rivers, dams and irrigation channels are part of our everyday environment, so naturally, local children are exposed to water from a young age.
‘‘It’s therefore important that children learn to swim, and the cost of participation should not be a barrier.’’