West Balcatta students learn about first aid and water safety

23 July 2019
Over 500 students from West Balcatta Primary School recently enjoyed learning basic water safety and first aid skills. Royal Life Saving WA trainer Nicole Durrant visited the school to present the educational sessions as part of our primary schools program.

first aid trainer teaching primary school girl how to perform CPRStudents from years pre-primary to Year 6 all attended, learning a range of lifesaving skills. Students were invited to have a go at practising CPR, learning the correct techniques and receiving tips and guidance from Nicole. They were also taught about water safety and safe rescue techniques. Damian Cato, West Balcatta Primary’s Phys Ed Specialist, said “Nicole was a very passionate and knowledgeable presenter who gained the undivided attention of all the students throughout the week.”

 “The junior students loved learning about how to be safe around water and learnt some really interesting facts about the different water sources they need to be safe around. The middle and senior school students learnt about basic first aid and particularly enjoyed learning how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator machine.”

Children are exposed to water in a range of aquatic environments, all with varying characteristics and different hazards. Royal Life Saving WA believes it’s essential that children are equipped with the skills, knowledge and the right attitude to be safe when they are in, on or around water.

Similarly, first aid is an essential life skill and it is never too early for children to learn what to do in an emergency situation until help arrives. The Water Smart and First Aid talks provide an option for schools to have the education sessions come to them. 

If you’d like to learn more about either first aid talks or water safety sessions for schools, please visit the link below.
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