Skills im­por­tant 30 years on

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

NORTH Cottes­loe Surf Life­sav­ing Club re­sus­ci­ta­tion trainer Jodee Wood­ward got her surf life­sav­ing bronze medal­lion when Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group, now cel­e­brat­ing its 30th birth­day, started in 1985.

“It was a lot harder in the past to get your bronze, as you used to have to a lot more things to do, like reel and belt swims,” Ms Wood­ward said.

The Cottes­loe res­i­dent said the public was now more aware of the need for life­sav­ing skills, whether for the beach, pool or at home.

“Peo­ple see the tele­vi­sion ads where a child falls in a pool, and they come here to first-aid classes talk­ing about it, say­ing ‘What should I do?’,” Ms Wood­ward said.

She is the club’s di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion and runs cour­ses, in­clud­ing re­sus­ci­ta­tion classes for the public, af­ter a com­pet­i­tive life­sav­ing ca­reer that in­cluded be­ing WA and na­tional beach sprint women’s cham­pion.

What ad­vice would she give her 15-year-old her­self who got her bronze medal­lion in three decades ago now?

“Keep at it, just don’t pull you bathers up your bum when com­pet­ing,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

North Cottes­loe Surf Life­sav­ing Club’s Jodee Wood­ward.

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