Exmouth children learn to be water smart

23 September 2021

Children laying on the floor waving their arm in the airRoyal Life Saving WA is excited about the positive relationships being built in the community of Exmouth, as we work to ensure children and families there have access to important swimming and water safety education. Exmouth is a small resort town on WA’s North West Cape, and as the gateway to the nearby Ningaloo Marine Park with its coral reefs, colourful fish and migratory whale sharks, water activities are a popular part of the local lifestyle.Children throwing kickboards into a hoop

Recently Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainer Gayle Crudden travelled to the town, invited by the local Exmouth Primary School to conduct a number of water safety talks for students. 

Children in a classroom wearing lifejackets

Our Water Smart water safety talks provide children with the skills, knowledge and right attitude to be safe in, on and around the water.

On Thursday 16th and Friday 17th September around 300 students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 took part in these interactive talks, learning a whole range of water safety knowledge and skills, including how to put on lifejackets and complete reach and throw rescues. The year 5s and 6s used the opportunity to test their skills on how far they could throw to rescue someone!A group of children sitting in a classroom with a Swim and Survive banner

Gayle says there was one thing in particular that was most popular across all age groups! “The highlight for the children was being able to try on the lifejackets and I hope this encourages them to continue to build a positive attitude to wearing lifejackets when taking part in aquatic activities as they grow up.”

Royal Life Saving WA’s work in Exmouth is made possible thanks to support from Principal Community Partner BHP.