Swim­ming les­sons high­light safety and im­prov­ing skills

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Gratwick Aquatic Cen­tre was a hive of ac­tiv­ity at the week­end as chil­dren en­joyed a day of swim safety les­sons and ac­tiv­i­ties with Royal Life Sav­ing WA.

Port Hed­land was one of many re­gional towns across the State to host the Swim School Open Days, which are be­ing held to pro­mote aware­ness in the lead-up to sum­mer.

Tug of war, throw res­cue, sponge bucket races, bom­bie con­tests, kick­board races, and noo­dle wa­ter polo were just some of the many wa­ter safety ac­tiv­i­ties held through­out the day.

Se­nior man­ager of swim­ming and safety ed­u­ca­tion Trent Hotchkin said the ac­tiv­i­ties also aimed to help par­ents de­ter­mine what level their child was at, and the avail­able op­tions they could take to im­prove their swim­ming abil­i­ties.

Pil­bara par­ents are be­ing urged to en­rol their chil­dren in swim­ming les­sons to pre­vent drown­ings which, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port, have in­creased by 11 per cent in WA in the past fi­nan­cial year.

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Port Hed­land chil­dren were able to ben­e­fit from a range of ac­tiv­i­ties at the Swim School Open Day.

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