CAPS students learn important water safety skills

17 May 2021
Royal Life Saving WA aquatic trainer Gayle Cruden visited the Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School (CAPS) in Coolgardie during March this year to deliver important Water Safety Talks to the students.

Around 80 students participated in the talks, a series of interactive classroom workshops designed for children to gain water safety knowledge and skills to stay safe in various aquatic locations. Students from kindergarten right through to Year 10 were involved in the program.

Gayle had travelled to the Goldfields to deliver a number of aquatic training courses, swim and survive lessons and water safety talks as part of a program supported by Principal Community Partner BHP. Her visit to CAPS was one of five primary schools Gayle visited to deliver Water Safety Talks.

The students discussed potential hazards at certain aquatic locations, things to look out for and general water safety tips. They were also able to practise performing rescues with each other in a dry setting, using items such as pool noodles and rescue tubes to reach for someone and pull them to safety.

The kids had a lot of fun role playing the different scenarios and ‘saving’ each other. CAPS Physical Education Coordinator Cherie Koh values the importance of teaching kids to stay safe around the water. “Thank you Royal Life Saving for your support and having the talks at our school,” she said.
To learn more about the Royal Life Saving Water Safety Talks program for schools, follow the link below.

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