Beach visit teaches im­por­tant lessons

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ti­tahi Bay North School kids took to the beach last week – but there were im­por­tant mes­sages learnt dur­ing the water play.

The school, with fund­ing from State In­surance and Water Safety New Zealand, has been run­ning a water safety pro­gramme over sum­mer to en­sure stu­dents are com­fort­able in swim­ming pools and at the beach. Teacher Tim Brewer says water is such a fo­cal point for young peo­ple in Porirua but many fam­i­lies can­not af­ford swim­ming lessons.

Last Thurs­day 50 kids, aged 5 to 8, made the walk to the Ti­tahi Bay Surf Club. There, they learned what to do should they get in trou­ble in the surf – raise an arm – how to use the life­guards’ safety tubes and how to recog­nise a rip.

‘‘Th­ese kids had been wait­ing for this day to come, they were really ex­cited about coming down to the beach,’’ says Mr Brewer.

‘‘In say­ing that, they lis­tened very, very well to the life­guards, who were just great with ev­ery­one, really en­gag­ing. We really ap­pre­ci­ate their help and help from the spon­sors to en­able us to do this – it’s a clas­sic piece of ed­u­ca­tion that all kids should have.’’

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