ECU students take on lifesaving skills training

7 December 2021

Two students practising rescue gripsRecently appointed Talent Pool Project Manager Cameron Eglington has established a brand-new initiative which has kicked off as a trial this year. Over the last six months Edith Cowan University first year students, as part of their Outdoor Education Applications course, have taken on training in the pool and at the university in a range of qualifications.

Their second semester started off with them completing the Provide First Aid HLTAID011 certificate, and later this training then led them to take on both land and pool-based training for their Bronze Medallion Award.Students practising using a rescue tube

Cameron says the training has been extremely successful! “In total 23 participants completed their Provide First Aid while 30 went on to achieve their Bronze Medallion Award. Over the last month, at Beatty Park Aquatic Centre, 30 of the First Year students completed their Aquatic Trainers qualification and additionally, 20 students progressed to Duke of Edinburgh training which complimented the other certificates substantially.”

Royal Life Saving WA is determined to see more members of our community learn vital first aid and lifesaving skills, as this ensures that there are people on hand all around the community to assist when others are in trouble both on land and in the water. 

Students practising rescue skills in the pool

Adding this training into the existing study being completed by these university students is a great way to not only complement their studies but build the capacity of community members to respond in an emergency.

Cameron says all those taking part thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “Overall, it was a fun and engaging time for everyone and the challenges were met well by all participants.”Students practising rescue skills in the pool

If you’d like to build your emergency response skills, to be able to assist your friends or family when they need you to, why not take part in one of our many lifesaving courses that are available in metro and regional WA. You can find out more at the link below.

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