Shell Geelong Refinery and the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) today launched a new swimming, water safety and survival program, Water Smart Kids.

During the next three years, more than 240 northern suburbs children in grades two, three and four will undertake weekly swimming lessons at Waterworld.

This program greatly expands on the refinery’s support since 2004 of CoGG’s Learn to Swim program.

Shell Geelong Refinery Quality Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager, Michael Dillon, said the refinery has linked its support of Water Smart Kids to its own safety program and will contribute additional funds if certain targets are achieved.

“Safety is the number one priority at the refinery so we felt it was important to support a program that helps address a key safety issue in the wider community – childhood drowning,” said Michael.

“It is tragic that there are so many accidents involving children and water so we are proud to be involved in a program that may save lives,” he said.

City of Greater Geelong Councillor Kylie Fisher, who represents Corio, said Water Smart Kids will give children an opportunity they may not otherwise have to develop their stroke technique, water confidence and survival skills.

“Learning to swim is a vital safety skill, especially where we live, and we are so pleased that Shell was able to extend its support,” said Cr Fisher.

“It’s great to see so many families taking part in Water Smart Kids and we are getting some wonderful feedback from parents!” she said.

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Jessica Marriner – Shell Geelong Refinery – Mob: 0410 655 162
Sarah Jones – CoGG – Mob: 0419 871 308

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