Vacswim coming to the West Coast

The Surf Life Saving SA Vacswim program is coming to the West Coast in January.

The program will be running at both Smoky Bay and Point Sinclair from Monday, January 6 to Friday, January 10 at the Smoky Bay jetty and Point Sinclair jetty.

Surf Life Saving SA community programs administrator Georgia Brazenall said the program was aimed at children from five to 13, and taught beach and water safety.

"The kids will learn beach safety skills such as how to read waves, understand hazards at the beach, learning rescue techniques and survival swimming techniques," she said.

"On Eyre Peninsula there are no surf life saving clubs, so you have to be able to look after yourself at the beach, so teaching children the survival skills to be able to save themselves or a friend in an emergency situation is why it's so vital.

"It's also the best week of the year to get on the beach and have fun."

She said the annual program at Smoky Bay and Point Sinclair received positive feedback, with participants learning about the beach and having a good time.

About 100 children were enroled between the two sites earlier this year and Ms Brazenall said they hoped to boost the numbers.

Registrations will also be open at the Smoky Bay Community Club from 4pm to 5pm on January 5.

The on-site enrolment date for Point Sinclair is still to be confirmed. Visit the above link for confirmation.

Marley Fairclough will run the Point Sinclair sessions, while Dave Johnson is the Smoky Bay instructor.

For any inquiries, call 8354 6996 or email