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Thousands take VacSwim plunge
Swimming instructor Bethen McManus at Beatty Park this morning. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

More than 55,000 West Australians will take the plunge this summer as part of the State Government’s VacSwim program.

At the start of classes this morning, Education Minister Peter Collier said VacSwim was an affordable way to keep children entertaineded during the summer holidays.

“We live in a State with kilometres of beautiful coastline and many great public swimming centres so we all need a strong awareness about the fun as well as the dangers associated with water activities,” Mr Collier said. “It’s encouraging to see so many people sign up once again for this vital program which celebrates 93 years of operation this summer.

“Classes are conducted at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the State so there are options for everyone.

“Increasingly, families newly arrived in Western Australia - many from land-locked countries - are seeing how important it is to learn water safety.”

VacSwim costs $1 per person a day plus pool entry. This year the program is running at 50 metropolitan and 120 country venues.

The West Australian

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