Life Saving Victoria’s water safety education programs have been modified to include information about water quality and EPA’s summertime Beach Report forecasts.

Water safety programs for school and community groups hosted by LifeSaving Victoria include: Sink or Swim, Open Water Learning Experience and Beach Programs.

As part of the program, participants now learn about the importance of water quality at the beach; how water quality forecasts are made and general information about how to protect water quality in the bay.

So far, more than 6140 participants from 67 schools across the state have been trained in these modified programs.

LSV’s Education Services General Manager, Kate Simpson said: “Adding a water quality component to LSV’s education programs will raise student awareness of checking the EPA’s water quality forecasts in order to get a better understanding of potential risks.”

The latest initiative builds on the recent implementation of new water quality forecasting signage at bayside lifesaving club beaches during the summer.

The improvements are part of the Victorian Government’s A Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay – A Plan of Action, and is one of the improvements being made to the communication of water quality information in the partnership project between EPA and LSV.