Pool closure no barrier to Bronze training

9 March 2021

The recent closure of the Kununurra Pool did not prevent the completion of Bronze Medallion training for 19 locals in the town. The course was set to be completed in the main pool at the Kununurra Leisure Centre, but it was suddenly closed until further notice due to damage to its liner.

The Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of aquatic rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skills and fitness. It’s seen as the pinnacle of lifesaving achievement, having been awarded in Australia for over 100 years. The group set to take part in the Kununurra training last weekend included teachers, health and youth workers.

When the location had to be changed at the last minute the group demonstrated great flexibility by heading down to Swim Beach in Lake Kununurra to complete several of the training and assessment elements required of them. A wet February ensured plenty of water in the Upper Ord River and made for very warm water temperatures.

Royal Life Saving WA is keen to see as many West Australians as possible learn vital lifesaving and water safety skills, especially in regional areas like the Kimberley where the great variety of inland waterway locations for aquatic recreation, and the remoteness of some locations, make these skills vital. Trainer, Glenn Taylor, who led last weekend’s course says it was great to see the participants take the change of location in their stride. “All participants adapted very well with the change of venue and the water conditions – an excellent test for life saving in real-world-conditions for this group."

Would you like to take on the challenge of gaining lifesaving skills? Why not take on Bronze Medallion training yourself? We have courses available in metro and regional WA. Find out more at the link below.

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