Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance (SLSLE) is committed to involving people from all sections of our community in life saving.
The Lakes Entrance area has a large Indigenous community which is currently under-represented in lifesaving activities.
In June 2008, Life Saving Victoria began a two year project to connect Indigenous youth, in East Gippsland, with aquatics. In conjunction with Life Saving Victoria, SLSLE works to increase Indigenous membership in all areas of the club
This project is called the Lakes Entrance Indigenous Aquatic Project. SLSLE was proud to be a major part of this program. The project was due to finish in mid-2010, but after a successful season, it continued well into the 2010/2011 summer season, which concluded in June 2012. The project had three main target areas:
- Pool - Weekly swimming sessions for Indigenous children and youth are being held at the Lakes Entrance Aquadome.
- School - Local swimming and aquatics experts are visiting schools to deliver Life Saving Victoria's in-school programs, like Resuscitate a Mate.
- Nippers and Life Saving - Encouraging and supporting as many local Indigenous people as possible to get involved in Nippers and Life Saving.
For more information please contact SLSLE's Cultural Liaison Officer.