Growing network of regional aquatic trainers

11 November 2019
group of aquatic trainersThe Royal Life Saving WA Talent Pool program was in Newman recently to qualify a new breed of aquatic trainers!

12 aquatic trainers from Roebourne, Port Hedland, Jigalong and Newman enjoyed three fantastic days of training to complete their aquatic trainer qualification, even hearing from Royal Life Saving National President Cameron Eglington during part of the course.

The group are keen to mobilise in their respective local communities and, now qualified, are in discussions to deliver courses in Roebourne, Hedland and Newman between now and the upcoming school holidays.

Aboriginal woman performing aquatic rescue on Aboriginal man in swimming poolAs part of the Talent Pool initiative, this training is a vital component in building the capacity of participating communities to be able to deliver a Bronze Medallion course. The aim is to expand the regional and state-wide network of aquatic trainers who can deliver and assess aquatic courses up to and including the Bronze Medallion, which is recognised as the minimum standard for a qualified lifesaver.

Talent Pool is an innovative training and employment program providing a springboard for young Aboriginal people wanting to take action and achieve employment in the aquatic industry. It is made possible through funding from the WA Department of Communities and the Commonwealth Department of Regional Development: Building Better Regions.