Water Smart skills for East Pilbara children

22 August 2016

18 year 3 students from South Newman Primary School have learnt to be lifesavers through our Water Smart program.Four children practising CPR on a baby manikin

The children attended a Water Smart session taught by Peta Brittain, who is the co-ordinator of the Royal Life Saving Society Endorsed Swim School at Newman and a qualified aquatic trainer.

three children laying on the floor reading the Dippy Duck book, one smiling at the camera

The Water Smart Award is designed to teach children about the importance of water safety in the variety of different aquatic environments that exist across WA. It teaches participants about the potential dangers in these unique environments and key safety tips to deal with them. The children also learn safe rescue techniques, basic first aid and CPR.

As children and teenagers become more independent, it is essential that they have the right knowledge, skills and attitude to be safe when they are in, on and around water. Royal Life Saving’s aim is to make every child in WA Water Smart, with water safety awareness and the ability to swim central to the WA lifestyle.

Water Smart is delivered as part of the Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive Access and Equity program, supported by BHP Billiton and the Department of Sport and Recreation.  Access and Equity is designed to address limited water safety awareness and low participation levels in at-risk communities across our state, with recent data revealing that children in regional and remote areas of WA are 5 times more likely to drown that those in the Perth metro.

The talks can be tailored to suit people of all ages and are available for school age children and community groups.

For more details on Water Smart click the link below.