Lifesaving skills for Geraldton girls

12 May 2020

Girls from Geraldton girls academy in the pool while one lays on the edge to rescue them, with an instructor nearbyDuring Term 3 last year the year 10 students from Geraldton Girls Academy participated in an Extended Bronze Medallion program through Royal Life Saving WA, as part of the Ausport 'Move It Aus- Participation' program. This program provides support to help organisations get Australians moving and to support the aspiration to make Australia the world’s most active and healthy nation.

The Royal Life Saving WA Extended Bronze Medallion is a 3 part program which consists of component 1: 10 x Swim and Survive classes, component 2: 6 x Extended Bronze Medallion sessions – a curriculum that consists of learning the Lifesaving and essentials skills needed to complete the Bronze Medallion Qualification and Component 3: Bronze Medallion qualification.Two students from Geraldton Girls Academy leaning over other students practising first aid skills

The aim of this extended program is to give students who need further support to develop their swimming skills the opportunity to effectively learn the skills needed to complete their Bronze Medallion Qualification. This extended version has effectively seen those who may otherwise not feel confident to attempt the Bronze Medallion complete the qualification thanks to the extra lessons they receive to build their swimming skills and grow their confidence.

The girls from Girls Academy in Geraldton had a great time engaging in swimming and lifesaving skills throughout the program. Learning these skills and receiving their Bronze Medallion qualification opens up many doors for these girls including the potential to become a pool lifeguard.