Vital skills learned
A group of Year 6 students from St Mary’s College became the first in Mitchell Shire to receive their Victorian Water Safety certificates on Friday.
After 10 weeks of water safety and swimming lessons the students graduated with their certificates from the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Students graduate with a grounding in water safety knowledge and the ability to swim competently for a continuous distance of 50 m.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said water safety was a vital skill to have.
‘‘Being able to swim and knowing how to be safe around water are such valuable life skills,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘This program is fantastic because not only are students taught how to swim, they are taught about water safety, water rescue techniques and survival skills.’’
Mitchell Shire Council deputy Mayor David Rowe was on hand to present the certificates to the graduating students, and council is proactively contacting every primary school to offer the program to all Year 6 students.
In the swim: Swim instructors Debra Beardwell and Tamara Bess (left) with St Mary’s College teacher Hayley Milner (middle left); students from St Mary’s College; instructors Lisa Bess and Stephanie Kennedy (right) with the Deputy Mayor Cr David Rowe.
Certified: Kayla Bender, who was absent for the photo on Friday, also received her certificate.