Pool Party in Port Hedland kicks off the swimming season

8 October 2020

Royal Life Saving WA and WA Police co-hosted a beginning of season pool party at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre last weekend, with 81 young people, aged 10 – 17 years attending, including members of the Warralong, Marble Bar community. 

Kids on circle floats in pool being pulled by ropesThe youth spent the day playing hungry hippo, rescue games and duck and dive for hidden objects. The aqua run inflatable also proved to be extremely popular with the kids. 

Pilbara Development Officer Lauren Thompson said the day was a great way to start the swimming season. “All the kids enjoyed the water whilst learning the valuable skills of teamwork, rope rescue, swimming, deep water recovery and survival skills.”

Lauren, along with the RLSSWA Youth Team of Jesse Thompson, Declan Rahman, Chloe Glassen and Lacey Beale, ran the fun schedule of events, while WA Police and volunteers from BHP were in charge of the barbeque. 
Child standing on pool deck pulling a rope

 After working up a healthy appetite in the water, everyone enjoyed fresh fruit provided by Healthway as part of the Go for 2 & 5 Swim for Fruit program. The sausage sizzle and BLT rolls were also a hit, complimenting the fruit selection.

The day was a success thanks to the many groups who came together to make it happen including South Hedland Aquatic Centre staff, WA Police and the important partnership between Royal Life Saving WA and BHP which is providing swimming, water safety and drowning prevention education in vast areas of WA, including Port Hedland.

You can read more about this partnership at the link below.

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