Splashing into summer at Water Safety Week
MORE than 400 children were involved in a local ‘Water Safety Week’ initiative, held last Thursday and Friday at the Airlie Beach Lagoon.
The event, which was conducted by the Royal Life Saving Society of Queensland, in association with the Airlie Lifesaving Club, was also held in support of the national drown- ing reports, released the same week. RLSS Airlie Beach spokesperson, Stuart Casey, said participating children were taught a variety of skills during the course of the event, from boat safety and the use of lifejackets, to CPR and even Aqua Zumba.
“Just over 400 children were involved with the event this week [and] if only one has learnt a skill that could save a life, then the event was a success,” he said.
Airlie Swim School, and Proserpine’s Lane 4 Aquatics were also on hand to give out information on swimming lessons and forthcoming life saving programs at the Proserpine Pool.
“Teaching your kids to swim is one of the most valua- ble things a parent can do for their children [and] we can’t emphasise enough on the value of this,” Mr Casey said.
The initiative was also an opportunity to enrol children in the Junior Lifeguard Club, which kicks off the summer season this Saturday at the Lagoon, from 9am.
For more information contact Stuart Casey on 0403 956 753.
VITAL SKILLS: Lane 4 Aquatics squad coach and swim teacher Zane Reid looks on while 10-year-old Jakarra Heffernan practises CPR techniques under instruction from Stuart Casey of Queensland's Royal Life Saving Society.
BEING BOAT SAFE: Airlie Beach lifeguards Calum Docherty and Kemble Cadwallader taught children to be 'boat safe' at last Thursday's 'Water Safety Week' initiative, held at the Airlie Beach Lagoon.