Grey Medallion 8 week course

Wednesday 13 September 2017 -

Summer is just around the corner and the pool is open all year round! With that fact in mind, Yarra Leisure in partnership with Lifesaving Victoria is hosting our first ever Grey Medallion courses which is designed specifically for those in our community aged over 55.

The overall aim of the project is to reduce the increasing rate of aquatic related drowning deaths of people aged 60 years and over and empower them to recreate safely and confidently within the community.

Why enrol?

Because being safe around the water is an essential life skill, and it’s never too late to learn!

  • In Victoria, adults aged over 60 years have the highest age-specific drowning rates with 58 drowning deaths from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. This was a 9% increase in the 10 year average.
  • Males accounted for 70% of all drowning deaths in this age group.
  • In 2015-2016, 47% or 27 people aged 65+ drowned in beaches, rivers, creeks or streams, 19% drowned following a fall into water. This is of particular relevance to the City of Yarra with just under 20% of the City's population 55+ years and another 13.3% approaching 55 years.
  • LSV have targeted the City of Yarra to implement drowning prevention strategies. Adults aged 65+ represent 18.75% of drowning deaths in metropolitan Melbourne.

So if you want to find a new active hobby, plan on taking your grandchildren to the pool, going on holiday somewhere tropical or just want to learn something new, then this is the course for you.

How much does it cost?

In partnership with Lifesaving Victoria and success in gaining funds from a community grant, this course is being offered at a heavily subsidised rate, so don’t wait – book your spot so that you don’t miss out!

  • Yarra Leisure Members: $24.00
  • Non Members: $40.00

If you book in with a friend then each booking receives 50% off the course price.

What will I get?

Participants will get eight 2 hour sessions over an eight week period, participant workbook and pack, free access to the spa/sauna on the day of their session, afternoon tea at each session and the company of many likeminded community members.

You’ll also increase your knowledge of:

  • personal survival techniques
  • increase your understanding of aquatic environments
  • skills to deal with an emergency
  • introduction to cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • develop confidence and competence to enjoy aquatic exercise and other water-based activities safely.

How do I book?

Call 9205 5522 or 9205 5032 or pop into reception and fill out an enrolment form, make payment and you’re ready to go!

Further information

For further information please chat to our friendly customer service staff or send us an email at


Location & Contacts

General Enquiries

9205 5032

Richmond Recreation Centre

Date and time:
12.30pm - 2.30pm
Wednesday 13 September 2017

11-15 Gleadell Street, Richmond