Lo­cal kids help pro­tect the reef

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A SMALL group of chil­dren and their par­ents helped clean up food wrap­pers, lost tow­els, plas­tic bot­tles, rub­bish and other pieces of ma­rine de­bris from the Air­lie Beach fore­shore as part of An­nie’s Swim School Reef War­riors school hol­i­day pro­gram on Fri­day.

The pro­gram aims to teach stu­dents ba­sic swim strokes, vi­tal sur­vival skills in the wa­ter and of­fers chil­dren a stepby-step in­duc­tion into snorkelling and div­ing.

Par­tic­i­pants also learn how to read cur­rents, tides and rips, gain knowl­edge of coral con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal threats, life­cy­cles of fish, the­ory and safety knowl­edge about rivers, dams and oceans, gain aware­ness of hy­pother­mia and prac­tise us­ing life jack­ets and hand­i­cap swim­ming.

An­nie’s Swim School owner An­nie Grun­wald said the five day pro­gram was de­signed to teach chil­dren how to be safe in the ocean while help­ing to pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef.

“The chil­dren loved learn­ing about snorkelling and div­ing and the pro­gram takes them through prac­ti­cal knowl­edge about the use of snorkel equip­ment and safety buddy snorkelling skills, equal­is­ing, safe de­scent and as­cent, clear­ing masks and an in­duc­tion to scuba div­ing,” she said.

“I be­lieve that we can all do bet­ter and chil­dren shouldn’t be taught to blame other peo­ple for the con­di­tion of the reef but fo­cus on how they can ac­tively make a dif­fer­ence.”

Par­ents are wel­come to ac­com­pany their chil­dren at any stage of the pro­gram.

Ms Grun­wald thanked Eco Barge Cleans Seas, Royal Life­sav­ing Queens­land and Whit­sun­day Div­ing Academy for their sup­port.

An­nie’s Swim School runs out of the Whit­sun­day Div­ing Academy in Ju­bilee Pocket.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Reef War­rior school hol­i­day pro­grams, con­tact 0404 677 400.

TEAM EF­FORT: Michelle Cross­ley, Deb Du­gan, An­nie's Swim School owner An­nie Grun­wald with (front) Jack­son Cross­ley, Ella Cross­ley, Aimee Stumer, Stella Dug­gan and Adelie Dug­gan grad­u­ated from the Reef War­riors pro­gram af­ter col­lect­ing rub­bish off the Air­lie Beach fore­shore on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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