Learning inland waterway safety in the pool

28 November 2017

With the river claiming many lives each year, it’s vital that children learn the skills to survive on and around inland waterways, especially those in regional areas.

Three chidren in a huddle learning water safetyIn the past 15 years, Australian rivers have claimed more than 1,000 lives due to drowning. Eighty-nine people have drowned in rivers, creeks and streams in WA, with the majority of drownings occurring in our regional areas. 

To promote inland-waterway safety, Royal Life Saving WA has launched a brand-new program that teaches children essential survival skills in a swimming pool.

“The program teaches students who may recreate in inland waterways how to safely enjoy them,” Royal Life Saving WA’s inland waterways coordinator Sam Bell says. “This program is different to other Respect the River programs as it’s run in the pool!”

Carnarvon Aquatic Centre, Yandeyarra Pool and Warmun Pool launched the program in October and November, with Narrogin Regional Leisure Centre planning to launch in December.

This program is made possible with thanks to contributions from Royal Life Saving Society Australia & the Federal Government.

The program is free for all swim schools to implement, and can be tailored to suit all skill and age levels. Royal Life Saving WA can provide resources to accompany the program for participant; find out more at the link below.

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