Community Trainers in training via Talent Pool program

27 December 2021

Three young ladies from our Talent Pool program have started on their journey to become Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainers! Community Trainers perform a vital role in delivering Royal Life Saving training courses within the community. Depending on their qualification level, trainers can teach a variety of accredited and non-accredited courses to promote water safety awareness and how to respond to an emergency.

The three students travelled from Port Hedland to Newman with Royal Life Saving Pilbara Development Officer Lauren Thompson to assist in delivering a Heart Beat Club course to the new parent group at the Newman Neighbourhood Centre. The Heart Beat Club is a community education course designed for parents and carers for children under the age of five and covers child and infant CPR as well as first aid for common childhood injuries.

The girls had just completed their Bronze Medallion in Port Hedland before drying off to hit the road for the five-hour journey to Newman. Despite arriving in Newman very tired from a full day of training and travelling, the girls busied themselves in preparing for the day ahead. Having never delivered an education session before, the girls wanted to ensure they were well prepared and spent the evening collaborating on the finer details for the following day.

Their planning and preparation paid off as the session went well and Lauren was pleased with how well the girls did. “I was so proud of the girls. They were nervous at first but pushed on through their insecurities and relied on the underpinning knowledge and skills they have learnt through the Talent Pool program. Standing up in front of a room full of new parents in a professional capacity, speaking about what to do if you find yourself faced with any parent’s worst nightmare (infant emergencies) is not an easy task, especially when you are not yet a parent yourself!”

The Talent Pool program provides skills development and employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people and works to provide ongoing employment opportunities for program graduates both within and beyond the aquatic industry. The Talent Pool Program is proudly funded by Royal Life Saving WA’s Principal Community Partner BHP. Learn more at the link below.

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