Splash­ing into sum­mer at Wa­ter Safety Week

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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