BENJI MAKES LIT­TLE WAVES

IS YOUR CHILD A LIFESAVER? PAGE 6

The Cairns Post - - FRONT PAGE - JACK LAWRIE

YOUNG Benji Cooper made a big splash at the Es­planade La­goon the first time he tried out Cairns’ Lit­tle Life­savers.

The five-year-old has been in the wa­ter since he was three months and swim­ming unas­sisted from the age of two-anda-half.

The first time he tried Lit­tle Life­savers ear­lier in the year, he was too young, but mum Kylie Cooper said they made an ex­cep­tion for the Trin­ity Beach boy af­ter see­ing how he could cope in the wa­ter.

“He loved it, he was able to han­dle pad­dle-board­ing and swim­ming out to res­cue his dad just fine even though he was the youngest kid there,” she said.

“I’d say 60-70 per cent of Cairns has a pool, so know­ing he’s safe if some­one leaves a gate open is fan­tas­tic.”

Surf Life Sav­ing Queens­land’s lat­est round of Lit­tle Life­savers, for kids aged 5-11, kicks off at the La­goon to­mor­row, start­ing from 8am.

SLSQ re­gional man­ager Rob David­son said kids learn valu­able life and sur­vival skills at Lit­tle Life­savers.

“It’s all game-based, ev­ery pro­gram is in­clu­sive and fo­cused on safety,” he said. To find out more call Surf Life­sav­ing Queens­land on 3846 8000.

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