Sea Scouts learn water rescue tips
Broome’s Sea Scouts have been given a boost after attending a Royal Life Saving Society WA and Scouts WA conference in Perth last month.
Scouts learnt about holding activities in water environments and were given rescue equipment such as throw ropes, rescue tubes, first-aid kits and CPR signs at the joint event on June 30.
Broome was among a number of Scout troops to attend.
The conference was also attended by Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson and RLSSWA chief executive Peter Leaversuch.
Mr Leaversuch said more than a quarter of Australia’s drownings last financial year took place in rivers, creeks, lakes and dams, and vigilance was needed around all WA waterways.
“The dangers are often lurking below the surface, you simply can’t see ice-cold water, snags or strong currents but they can be lethal,” he said.
Mr Wilson, also a drowning prevention ambassador for RLSSWA, said he was very supportive of Sea Scouts groups who could be called on to act as a public rescue service should an emergency situation arise.
“The value of swimming competence can’t be understated,” Mr Wilson said.