Lifesaving education for Aboriginal youth

11 August 2017

Royal Life Saving Society WA’s Swim and Survive and Don’t Drink and Drown teams have enjoyed some fun today, taking part in the Clontarf Foundation’s Deadly Attendees Carnival.two Aboriginal boys with one wearing beer goggles and holding a lifesaving ring

The Clontarf Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which works to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men across Australia.

There are nine Clontarf Academies across WA, and 92 across Australia catering for more than 5600 young people. Today’s event has brought together around 70 participants from Clontarf’s metro academies, to play sport and enjoy a range of activities at the Kingsway Indoor Sports Stadium.

Royal Life Saving staff have held a stall throughout the day, sharing information about first aid and CPR, water safety and our Don’t Drink and Drown programs. The young men attending the carnival have had an opportunity to learn CPR skills, and test out “Beer Goggles” which show just how challenging simple activities can become when you’re affected by alcohol.

Royal Life Saving Society WA is building a strong partnership with Clontarf, as we work to ensure young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds have an opportunity to take part in swimming, lifesaving and water safety education.