Stu­dents learn to stay safe at beach

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

STU­DENTS at the Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege of Thorn­lie and Kew­dale are the first to take part in a new wa­ter safety pro­gram aimed at cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse (CaLD) groups.

In the past five years, there have been 50 drown­ings in WA in­volv­ing mem­bers of the CaLD com­mu­nity, which rep­re­sents 37 per cent of all drown­ings.

The project is be­ing run by Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA and Com­mu­ni­care to tar­get mem­bers of the CaLD com­mu­nity and in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Com­mu­ni­care said 35 per cent of these stu­dents had never been in­volved in for­mal swim­ming lessons pre­vi­ously.

Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA said there was far less aware­ness in these groups of the im­por­tance of swim­ming and life­sav­ing skills.

About 150 stu­dents have reg­is­tered to learn the skills of wa­ter safety, safe res­cue tech­niques and re­sus­ci­ta­tion, and ba­sic skills.

Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege Thorn­lie stu­dent Ziara Su­jud said the project was teach­ing her skills that she could use when she went to the beach.

“The pro­gram is teach­ing me things I never knew be­fore,” she said.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant in the fu­ture be­cause you never know what is go­ing to hap­pen.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d454950

In­clu­sion of­fi­cer Jes­sica Cruickshank, from Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA, teaches first aid to stu­dents Aisyah Fahmi (15), Natheera Ka­marul Ba­harin (13) and Ziara Su­jud (14).

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