Reef War­riors as­sem­ble in the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IF YOU’RE out and about on the water this school hol­i­days, you might just come face-to-face with a fear­less crew of Reef War­riors.

The Be­come a Reef War­rior pro­gram runs over the school hol­i­days for chil­dren who can swim and are aged eight-years-old and above.

The par­tic­i­pants train for four days learn­ing water safety, CPR and sur­vival skills as well as how to snorkel, reef con­ser­va­tion and the ins-and-outs of the reef ecosys­tem.

As part of their train­ing, Reef War­riors must also as­sist en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Eco Barge to clean up the beach.

At the end of the pro­gram, the chil­dren re­ceive a Water Smart Royal Life Sav­ing Cer­tifi­cate en­dorsed by the Royal Life Sav­ing Queens­land.

Head Coach, An­nika Grun­wald said the ex­pe­ri­ence is quite an ad­ven­ture. “The reef is our fu­ture and we want to keep it our fu­ture and this is our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion,” she said.

“If they want to carry on and be­come a Marine Bi­ol­o­gist, then they have done the first step. They know how to snorkel and have an eye on the reef and they can ac­tu­ally learn how to re­port things as well.”

Be­come a Reef War­rior will run its next pro­gram from July 9 to July 13.


REEF WAR­RIORS: Head Coach An­nika Grun­wald with a band of Reef War­riors on Sun­day.

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