Spirit Carnival 2022

14 November 2022

Royal Life Saving WA celebrated the 8th Annual Pilbara Spirit Swimming and Lifesaving Carnival with great success at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre. 

Children in each pool lane putting lifeguard rescue tubes around another child to tow to the end of the pool. Over 160 children from ten communities across the Pilbara region gathered on Thursday the 10th of October to showcase lifesaving and swimming skills they’ve learnt through Royal Life Saving WA’s Swim and Survive and Swim for Fruit programs thanks to funding provided by Principal Community Partner BHP. 

Child standing on the edge of the pool pulling a rope which a child in the pool is holding.

Royal Life Saving WA Senior Manager Swimming and Water Safety Education, Trent Hotchkin, comments on the importance of these programs and events like the Spirit Carnival in building swimming skills in regional communities. 

“People in regional WA are 1.8 times more likely to be involved in a drowning incident which is why learning to Swim and Survive is so vital in these areas and the single most important investment we can make as a community to prevent drowning.” 

With inland waterways being the most common location for drowning deaths, Royal Life Saving’s programs take focus in these areas to nourish local water safety awareness as part of building a “water loving nation, free from drowning”. 

4 child participants posing next to the pool with three lifeguards. The excitement in the lead up to this annual event as part of the two-day Aquatic Festival brought together children who travelled 1700 kilometres collectively for the joint fun with students from communities across the Pilbara. 

Alongside valuable lifesaving skills and swimming activities, the carnival included boat races, water polo and artistic swimming, providing an array of opportunities for everyone to be actively involved.  

Read more about our involvement in remote Indigenous Communities at the link below. 

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