Gayle Cruden

Swimming teacher Gayle Cruden with two multicultural students 

“I love the opportunity to meet so many different and friendly people and learn about different cultures.”

Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainer Gayle Cruden has been in the first aid and aquatic training sector since late 2001, when she completed her first qualification through long-time Royal Life Saving Community Trainer and Life Member Sallie Watson!

As part of her role with Royal Life Saving WA, Gayle has travelled to a number of remote communities, teaching everything from Heart Beat Club basic CPR courses for parents and carers, to swimming lessons for babies, children and adults, to water safety talks for school children.

In a state as vast as ours, training courses for important life skills such as swimming, water safety, first aid and aquatic rescue is not always available in the most remote areas. For this reason, Royal Life Saving WA is working hard with our partners across the state to make access to these vital skills a reality for our more remote communities. 

Gayle loves working in regional communities for a few reasons. “A lot of people in the regions do not know much about Royal Life Saving and what we do, so it’s a great opportunity to put a face to the organisation and promote our services. Also, the communities are always grateful for the fact that Royals are willing to run courses in regional areas.”

During a recent visit to Onslow, Gayle was able to teach a Heart Beat Club course, assist with the end-of-season pool closure and party, and liaise with the local school about water safety talks. “Our aim is to inform the local community and shire of the resources and the face-to-face opportunities that Royal Life Saving WA offers so that they better understand the lifelong benefits that these water safety skills provide,” Gayle says.

The visit to Onslow was a real eye-opener for Gayle to see the amazing facilities the local community has. “They have such a beautiful pool with such friendly, helpful staff, and the Multi Court where the Heart Beat Club course was held is such an impressive building!”

Gayle has also visited the Goldfields communities of Kalgoorlie and Kambalda, making a huge impact for a wide range of people. She has conducted Water Safety Talks in many schools, attended and helped at swimming carnivals, conducted Heart Beat Clubs, swimming lessons for multicultural adults and children, signed off a new aquatic trainer for Kalgoorlie, conducted Bronze Medallion courses, Infant Aquatics swimming lessons, Junior Lifeguard club training, and assisted with an end of season pool closure at Kambalda!

“It's so great to see the impact this makes to the community”

Despite being extremely busy during her time in these communities she says she wouldn’t trade it for the world! “It’s so great to see the impact this makes to the community by increasing the swimming and water safety skills and knowledge of all West Australians. This enables them to enjoy lifelong safe and active participation in physical aquatic activities and recreation. I love the opportunity to meet so many different and friendly people and learn about different cultures. I had so many people ask me what I was doing and they could not believe that I came all the way from Perth, I got so many thank you’s from very grateful people!”

Having people like Gayle available and willing to travel to these towns and teach these skills is vitally important for communities across regional WA. Unfortunately, there is a severe shortage of swim instructors in many regional and remote parts of our state, which means that children and families often miss out on learning swimming and water safety skills. We’re grateful for the support from Principal Community Partner BHP which makes the travel for these trainers possible, enabling us to run these programs and ensure location is not a barrier for this important training making its way to regional areas.

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