National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards
Excellence in Public Education
Beatty Park Swim School
Beatty Park Swim School is based at Beatty Park Leisure Centre, located 3 km north of Perth CBD. The Centre was built for the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. It is owned and operated by the City of Vincent. The immediate community residing within the City of Vincent has a population of 36,000+ people, however, the Centre draws from a much larger catchment area attracting participants from throughout Perth and Western Australia. The Swim School employs approximately 50 staff and averages up to 2500 students per week of all ages and all abilities.
Beatty Park Swim School is a multi-award-winning swim school and one of the largest swimming lessons providers in Western Australia. Our motto is 'to provide professional instruction in a safe and enjoyable environment’. The Swim School has an extensive range of classes available to suit all levels of skill and confidence. Subsidised classes are offered for CALD communities and people with disability. The Swim School offers small class sizes, an indoor heated pool and an interactive environment. Our instructors are all Austswim or Swim Australia certified, experienced and committed to their profession. All teachers regularly participate in training and workshops.
The Beatty Park Swim School continually strives for improvements in customer service, provision of world class learn to swim classes and public education of safety in and around water. The staff are also committed to a continued association with local charity Australian Water Safety On the Mekong (AWSOM) Project. Staff volunteer annually with the charity to provide drowning prevention clinics in Vietnam and train Vietnamese swimming teachers by sponsoring them to travel to Australia. Our future sees enhanced development of our learn to swim program, continuation of our quarterly Safer Swimming Weeks and further support of the AWSOM Project.
What it means
The team at Beatty Park Swim School are enthusiastic, passionate and committed to public education and improving water safety both in the aquatic centre and in the wider community. This award would recognise each and every teacher for the dedication they show in their daily work at Beatty Park and their volunteer drowning prevention work in Vietnam.
Describe how the nominee has provided a contribution to their community / industry in Public Education
The Beatty Park Swim School identified the need to educate parents which babies on the safety aspects around introducing a baby to an aquatic environment. Our baby program commenced at 6 months of age and we recognised a gap for children below this age. Consequently we have introduced the opportunity for parents to attend free lessons for babies between the ages of 4 and 6 months of age. The lessons are 30 minutes and consist of a 10 minutes ‘dry’ safety talk and 20 minutes of activities in the pool.
Describe (and provide evidence) of improvements and/or achievements made in Public Education over the past 12-18 months
We launched our Puggle classes early in 2019. These classes are free of charge and open to parents with babies between 4 and 6 months of age. The lessons are designed to teach parents how to enter and exit the water safely with their babies as well as the appropriate holds in the water. Puggles classes are fun, interactive and based around song and movement in water. Teachers discuss safety in and around water with the parents and there is an opportunity at the start of the class for parents to ask questions during the dry segment of the lesson.
Describe how the nominee has shown commitment to aquatic safety through Public Education
• Beatty Park Swim School has a safety component in all levels of the curriculum. Additionally we hold a quarterly Safer Swimmer Week. During this week all classes participate in Safety Stations including a clothed swim, rescues and CPR.
• We have held free of charge ‘No Drown Town’ clinics for new migrants and refugees
• Subsidised swimming and water safety lessons have been conducted for several CALD groups including Afghani girls, Syrian children and Aranmore College Intensive Language students.
• The introduction of Puggle classes to ensure parents with young babies are educated on safety in and around water.
Describe what barriers have been encountered by the nominee in Public Education and how have they been overcome
We have been very fortunate to have had overwhelming support from Beatty Park Leisure Centre, the City of Vincent and our customers for all our public education initiatives. The staff are always keen to assist with any improvements and initiatives we introduce. A group of experienced baby teachers formed a working group to design the content and curriculum for the Puggle program. They were enthusiastic and keen to launch the program and thoroughly enjoy teaching it.