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The Grey Medallion program is a free water safety and lifesaving skills initiative for older adults, proudly supported by Wyndham City. It aims to encourage a healthy, independent and active lifestyle through the development of essential skills in order to participate in aquatic recreation activities safely.

It will be an 8 weeks program commencing on Tuesday 5th February, every Tuesday 1pm-3pm at AquaPulse

This practical program provides older adults with personal survival techniques, improved swimming skills, skills to deal with emergency situations and a thorough understanding of water safety knowledge in order to reduce the likelihood of drowning.

Unfortunately, older Australians (those aged 55 and over) make up a large proportion of the drowning statistics in Australia and as the population is ageing this continues to increase. According to the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report for 2015, there were 89 drowning deaths of people aged 55 years and over which accounted for 33% of all drowning deaths. Open water environments particularly rivers, creeks and streams are a concern to this life stage and with the diversity of activities they are participating in, drowning prevention becomes a challenge.

Why you should get involved

CLICK HERE to read the article in January 30 2019 edition of Wyndham Star Weekly

Program Content 

The Grey Medallion program has four main components:  

  • Water safety knowledge 
  • Resuscitation and emergency care 
  • Aquatic exercise 
  • Personal survival and lifesaving skills 

Water safety knowledge 

Essential water safety information for a range of aquatic locations and recreational activities is the focus of this module. The prevention of emergencies depends on your understanding of, and ability to apply simple water safety actions. 

Some of the areas of interest for discussion are: 

  • Australia drowning statistics 
  • Identifying hazards in aquatic locations 
  • Safe practices for aquatic activities 
  • Drowning awareness campaigns 
  • Individuals’ role in drowning prevention 

Resuscitation and emergency care 

Knowing what to do in an emergency situation will more likely result in a positive outcome. The first person on the scene of an emergency is most often a family member so you could one day find yourself needing to provide resuscitation or emergency care. 

Ask yourself, would you know what to do? 

This module aims to teach the following: 

  • Recognising an emergency 
  • Understanding resuscitation and when it’s required 
  • DRSABCD action plan 
  • Aftercare 

Aquatic exercise 

Aquatic exercise is ideal for older adults because of its low impact nature making it suitable for both active people and those with restricted mobility. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of heart attack, improve blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure and even help to prevent falls and injury. Sessions will aim to further develop your swimming skills in a fun and non-threatening way and is tailored to cater for a range of abilities. 

CLICK HERE to register your interest in this course using our online enquiry form or you can enquire in person at AquaPulse Swim School for more information. AquaPulse Swim School hours are:

Swim School Office Operating Hours (School Terms):
Weekdays 8:30am – 12:30pm & 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Weekends 8:30am – 12:00pm
Public Holidays Closed
Swim School Office Operating Hours (School Holidays):
Weekdays: 8.30am - 12.30pm
Weekends: Closed
Public Holidays: Closed