Warmun kids enjoy survival challenge

29 March 2021

Children practising rope rescues in the poolSwimming and water safety skills are vital for all Australians, and although being confident swimming laps in a pool is an important skill to have, learning how to survive or rescue others in difficult or unexpected situations can save your life!

Recently Warmun Remote Pool Manager Stephen Waterman held a special Teamwork and Survival Challenge with children from the remote Aboriginal community. 30 children took part in the event and had an amazing time!Two Aboriginal boys in an inflatable boat in the pool

The event involved a pool noodle reach rescue relay, throw rescue using kickboards and ropes in relay format, lifejacket PFD relays and a boat relay. Team leaders were picked by the pool staff and then the children had an opportunity to select their own team.

Two children with Pool Manager Stephen Waterman holding their medalsStephen Waterman says the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all! “The kids were eager to participate and show off their skills to their teammates, not only did they have an amazing time they also showed how well they work together, I am extremely impressed with how the kids continue to perform their rescues, it shows they are retaining the skills they are learning in their swimming lessons.”An Aboriginal boy holding his medal with Pool Manager Stephen Waterman

The teams who performed extra well on the day not only took away bragging rights, but they were presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze Swim and Survive medals.

Pool Manager Stephen Waterman with an Aboriginal girl with her medalRoyal Life Saving WA data shows that Aboriginal children are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal drowning incident than non-Aboriginal children in our state. These incidents most often occur at inland waterways such as rivers, which are regularly visited for swimming, fishing, and paddling. Learning these swimming and survival skills is therefore crucial as we work to turn these statistics around and save lives!

You can read more about our work in remote Aboriginal communities at the link below.

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