Newman school agreement bringing postive outcomes

12 November 2021

Royal Life Saving WA is keen to ensure young people right across our state have an opportunity to learn vital swimming and lifesaving skills, enabling many to earn the qualifications they need to take up employment in WA’s aquatic industry. As we work towards this we recently dived into a training agreement with Newman Senior High School in the Pilbara region to benefit local students.

Royal Life Saving WA Senior Manager Regional Development, Tim Turner, says it’s a two-stage approach running as part of our Talent Pool program. “Over the past 12 months we’ve worked towards an agreement that will see all Year 10 students achieve a Provide First Aid qualification during the winter months and secure their Bronze Medallion in the summer months. This has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Principal Community Partner BHP, which has made resources available to support this important initiative that provides pathways to future employment in the aquatic industry.”

Over 50 students have so far achieved their Provide First Aid qualification earlier this year and most recently four teachers from Newman Senior High School have become qualified aquatic trainers. These qualifications will enable the teachers to be self-sufficient in taking their students through the Bronze Medallion course over the summer.

This coming week Royal Life Saving WA is sending newly appointed Senior Project Officer Cameron Eglington to provide support for these staff as they deliver their first ever first Bronze Medallion. It’s expected the newly qualified teachers will train and qualify the Yr10 student group of nearly 50 students by the end of the year.

Mr Turner says the agreement with the school is an exciting initiative. “This is a great example of community capacity building and reflective of our joint commitment to achieve shared outcomes both for the school, through enhanced education outcomes for the students, and for the local pool, by creating a stream of students capable of becoming future lifeguards.”

You can read more about the work of our Talent Pool program and the impact its having on young people across the state at the link below.

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