International students embrace surf-lifesaving and swimming skills for beach safety

First published 3 September 2019

QUT Sport in collaboration with QUT International, Surf Life Saving Australia and Brisbane Grammar School Swim Club have been running a free Learn to Swim Program for International students at the YMCA Kelvin Grove Pool facility.  

Coached by Brisbane Grammar School coaches under the supervision of Olympic Swimming Coach David Lush, the program aims to teach QUT students who are studying in Australia fundamental skills to stay afloat whilst embracing the Australian beach culture and lifestyle.

Swim lessons have been well attended by students who hail from a diverse number of cultures and backgrounds and are described as important fundamentals for swim safety.

Ann-Sophie Sullivan from Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club spoke of her experience with the program stating the importance of familiarisation in a learn to swim environment.

'Seeing the International students in the water familiarising themselves with the surrounds is fantastic as they can take the knowledge and apply it to the beach environment,

'It is so important for International students to know where to swim at the beach,

'Teaching them safe swimming between the flags enables us as lifesavers to do our job in ensuring a safe and fun experience at the beach," Sullivan said.

QUT Sport Coordinator Emily Rosemond described the program's ability to bring together the community of International students studying at QUT through extra-curricular activities.

'We're delighted to be able to provide this initiative to our International student community,

'The elation and camaraderie witnessed amongst students hailing from a diverse range of cultures captures the University experience as a whole and demonstrates the importance of these types of initiatives."

The program runs on Fridays at QUT's Kelvin Grove pool facility which is operated by the YMCA.

For more information, please contact QUT Sport.