Pilbara communities get trained up for summer

2 September 2020

A little boy having his leg bandaged during a first aid training courseRoyal Life Saving WA is working hard across the Pilbara region to ensure community members have an opportunity to learn vital first aid, water safety and workplace skills. 

A group of happy training participants in the Pilbara

Recently trainer Leanne Coverley-Brandis travelled to the Pilbara to deliver training and meet with local community groups to find out how we can better engage with locals.

Leanne delivered training courses to a total of 147 students in Karratha and Port Hedland including Provide First Aid, Pool Lifeguard, Aquatic Trainer, Aquatic Rescue for Group 3 pools, Safe Pool Operations, Bronze Medallion and a number of requalification courses. She also conducted a Watch Around Water Professional Development session for aquatic staff in Port Hedland and a Heart Beat Club basic first aid program for parents and carers in Karratha.

Participants in the water practising rescue techniquesAn important part of our community work in regional WA involves building relationships with local organisations to effectively engage local community members in our training courses. This enables us to assist in building up the aquatic workforce across the state. A course participant wrapped in a thermal blanketWhile Leanne was in the Pilbara she met with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, local schools, Apprenticeship Support Australia and the local Aquatic Centre managers. The discussions largely focussed on how we can assist in building a sustainable workforce for the Aquatic and Sport and Recreation Industry in the Pilbara region, by employing School Based and Work Based Trainees.

We look forward to seeing the ongoing development of those who have taken part in these recent Pilbara training courses, and hope we can see them fill roles in the local aquatic industry to ensure its long-term future.

For more information about our work across the Pilbara click the link below.

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