Skills important 30 years on
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.
North Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club’s Jodee Woodward.