South West trainers honoured at Wet Workshop

17 May 2021
Royal Life Saving WA’s Community Education team held its latest Wet Workshop on Saturday 15th May at the South West Sports Centre in Bunbury. Wet Workshops are a series of aquatic-based professional development sessions for trainers to review key components of their courses, ensure their skills are up to scratch and to share tips and tricks with one another.

aquatic trainer practises a reach rescue with a pool noodleThe Bunbury Wet Workshop was about all things Bronze Medallion, with 19 aquatic trainers jumping in the pool for a refresher on swimmer assessment, vice grips, towing techniques, and various realistic scenarios to work through.

The trainers were split into two groups to rotate through two sessions delivered by trainers Wendy Quint and Leanne Coverley-Brandis. Wendy put the group through three Bronze scenarios including the main aspects to look for in a scenario, assessment and debriefing. Leanne focused on assessment of swimmers, vice grips, extended arm roll-over and the definition of drowning.

aquatic trainers practising rescue scenarios in a poolAfter the wet session was over, the trainers gathered for a lunch and award ceremony, where three trainers were presented with honours awards for their service in delivering Royal Life Saving WA aquatic courses over the years.

Community Education Coordinator Francesca Amoroso said, “Face-to-face PDs are always a great opportunity to gather together and get to know each other, share knowledge and expertise, and also to recognise the outstanding work our trainers do across WA.”

“On behalf of our Patron, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia, our President Colin Hassell and our board of directors, I am pleased to present today’s awards to these valued members of Royal Life Saving WA.”

Zara Bastow, Kim Kowald and Angela McCullochKim Kowald was presented with a WA Long Service Order award for 12 years of delivering Bronze Medallion and resuscitation courses in Katanning, which she often volunteers her time to the community to do. 

Zara Bastow also received a WA Long Service Order for her work in delivering Bronze Medallion and resuscitation awards in the South West region. Zara is also an Education Department presenter, assessing VacSwim students each year.

Angela McCulloch first became a member of Royal Life Saving WA in 2002 when she obtained her first Resuscitation award. She became a Bronze examiner in 2009, delivering courses in the South West area. Angela was presented with the WA Long Service Order for her continuous support of the organisation and the great work she has done over the last 20 years.

Congratulations to these wonderful ladies for their many years of service to the community!

Royal Life Saving WA bestows several honours awards each year to recognise our volunteers, members and staff who have made an important contribution to furthering the work of the organisation. Learn more about these awards at the link below.
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