Karratha girls ready to save lives this summer

16 November 2020

A girl wearing blue gogglesA group of Year 8 students from the Karratha Girls Academy has enjoyed learning vital lifesaving skills as part of an extended Bronze Medallion program. The ten girls had started the program previously, but it was then delayed due to COVID-19.

Latest drowning data shows that Aboriginal young people, aged up to 18 years, are 14 times more likely to drown than non-Aboriginal children, so programs like this are vital to ensure these youth have the skills they need to safely enjoy aquatic activities. The program also aims to provide the girls with opportunities to gain the skills and qualifications needed for employment as lifeguards or swim instructors at local aquatic centres.

The girls initially took part in 8 weeks of Swim and Survive lessons, which helped them gain water confidence and develop their swimming skills. Now they are completing 6 lessons involving lifesaving skills which includes water rescue techniques and CPR.

On the 1st of December the girls will attempt their Bronze Medallion qualification, which will open up employment opportunities for them. We’re pleased to see them learning these vital skills and develoing their confidence in the water.

As part of the program the participants received special Sport Australia packs, ensuring they have all they need to enjoy the water this summer! This program is part of the Move It AUS Swimming Skills for an Active Life program, funded by Sport Australia.

You can read more about Royal Life Saving WA’s work in our state’s Aboriginal communities at the link below.

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