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The benefits of being physically active are well known. They include:
After settling in Australia, many people report being less physically active. Common reasons include:
The learn-to-swim programs offer both female and male participants the opportunity to gain life-saving skills, including safe entry into the pool, floating, water-survival skills and CPR awareness. The programs build participants' confidence in the water and their enjoyment of swimming and keeping active.
The swim instructor course provides training for both females and males to become qualified swim instructors. This provides flexible employment opportunities and a career pathway to other industries such as the Queensland Police Service. The program includes theory, on-the-job training, CPR and the acquisition of a blue card.
The after-school program introduces primary school aged children to a variety of sports, including tennis, netball, football and basketball. It links participants to local sporting clubs. The goal is to spark interest in sport in children to help them to be active into adulthood.
The sporting equipment microgrants support communities to start their preferred type of sporting activity. It promotes participation in unstructured sports. Community groups and members receive sporting equipment for use within their local community, in places such as local parks.
Staying Healthy in Australia: Keeping Active is a short video that outlines the reduction in physical activity that can occur when settling in Australia. It talks about the benefits of keeping active and explains the physical activity guidelines. The video encourages people to undertake a range of activities that they enjoy every day.
Eddie learns to swim is a short video documentary on the journey of one adult from fear of the water to enjoyment and competence in swimming.
The Aqua English Project, ACCESS Community Services, Rackley Swimming School, Hurricane Stars Club Inc, AUSTSWIM, Stanford Swimming School, Islamic Women's Association of Australia (IWAA), TAFE Queensland Loganlea Campus, Logan City Council, Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT).