Aquatic training success for Kununurra community members

6 April 2022

Our community trainers have been dodging thunder and lightning in their most recent training expedition in Kununurra, providing educating and engaging first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses to community members. 

First aid trainer demonstrating bandaging a leg on student

The Kununurra PCYC invited the team from Royal Life Saving WA, including aquatic trainer Katie Lindquist and Talent Pool Manager Cameron Eglington, to deliver first aid and aquatic safety trainings as part of the Talent Pool program over a period of five days. Working with students and staff from East Kimberley College, representatives of PCYC and Polly Farmer Foundation, the Talent Pool program afforded the community opportunities to access innovative training and practice first aid scenarios to inspire youth to obtain real-life qualifications within the aquatics industry.  

The aquatic training qualifications received by staff not only ensure staff are best prepared to deliver our PCYC’s diversionary programs for youth at risk in a safe and effective way, but also allow staff to build the capacity of young people within their programs to achieve their Bronze Medallion and work towards employment as junior lifeguards. Many of the enthusiastic participants who joined in on the Talent Pool training are already working in youth programs or are aspiring young recruits expanding their education and work opportunities. 

Royal Life Saving WA’s Talent Pool program is supported by the Department of Justice via their Criminal Property Confiscation Grants program, providing training opportunities in remote and regional communities that can lead into part time and full-time employment in the aquatics industry. With 13 participants earning their HLTAID009 Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation award, 13 completing their HLTAID011 Provide First Aid qualification, 21 being awarded their Bronze Medallion and 14 new aquatic trainers in Kununurra, the week’s training has seen the community upskilled and qualified within aquatic and water safety activities. 

Aquatic safety is essential to regional communities such as Kununurra where water plays a central part of everyday life for the community. Additionally, Kununurra is crying out for employees in hospitality, tourism, retail, sport and recreation, making the training even more crucial for preparing community members to step into these community roles.

The training taking place in Kununurra brought everyone in the community together, with the pool thriving as many local members came down to watch groups participate in their training. The local network of people representing Wyndham, Polly Farmer Foundation, Shire workers, pool staff, and teachers from the East Kimberley College all came together for what was a week of education, skill building and success for the Kununurra community. 

A big thank you is extended to the local school, Brodie Ward at PCYC, Tim Bucknell at Polly Farmer Foundation and the teachers and students at East Kimberley College for their enthusiastic engagement in Royal Life Saving WA’s courses.

Follow the link below to learn more about Talent Pool and its impact on WA communities: 

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