Three Springs have a go at water sports

15 May 2020

Note: This story includes information and images taken before social distancing measures were put in place and public swimming pools closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child in hat pulling rope at Three Springs pool Prior to social distancing measures the Shire of Three Springs hosted a “Have a Go” day at their pool to introduce the surrounding communities to a variety of water sports. 

More than 40 kids participated in the event and included stations for them to learn the fundamentals of life saving, synchronised swimming and water polo. 

Kid’s main activity at the pool is often swimming and it’s important to provide them with more opportunities to explore new interests. Given the remote nature of Three Springs many of the children haven’t had hands on experience with these sports. 

The sport stations available were lifesaving by Royal Life Saving WA sports, schools and inland waterways coordinator Jonnine Rowe, synchronised swimming by athlete Camille Claudino from Synchro WA and water polo.

Royal Life Saving WA’s Sport, Schools and Inland Waterways Coordinator, Jonnine Rowe, says it was a great opportunity to lay the groundwork for future aquatic skills training in the local community.

“Jimmy the Pool Manager is very passionate about the local children learning swimming and lifesaving skills that they can utilise when participating in these water sports. Royal Life Saving WA will be training her up to enable her to deliver further water safety courses such as the Bronze Medallion and our Heart Beat Club that provides basic first aid information for parents and carers.”

This day was also supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. 

Child with pool life saving tow manikin at aquatic centre

In addition to all day free entry the pool provided a sausage sizzle to all in attendance with the help of volunteers from the community. 

Click here to learn more about the sport of pool life saving!

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