In a country surrounded by water like Australia, it pays to be water safe and water wise as local Year 4 primary students discovered through the Canterbury Aquatic Survival Skills Program.
The swim program, now in its third year of running in collaboration with Canterbury-Bankstown City Council and Royal Life Saving NSW, had approximately 400 Year 4 students from nine local primary schools participate at Roselands Leisure and Aquatic Centre over the course of several weeks.
Students learned how to do safe entry/exits, bubbles, floating, torpedo swim and how to remain calm while submerged into water. They also did practical lessons on water safety outside the pool including recognising hazards at the beach, rivers, lakes and pools, how to spot dangers and how to be water smart.
Students also got the chance to try on life jackets and practice pool noodle rescues with each other.
“I encourage all parents to continue having the water safety conversation with their children as the weather warms up for the summer and more and more people swim in pools, lakes and beaches. Education on water safety should never stop and Canterbury is happy to do our bit with spreading the message,” said George Coorey, Chairman of Canterbury League Club.
Thank you to the Year 4 students of Belmore North PS, Belmore South PS, Campsie PS, Hampden Park Ps, Lakemba PS, McCallum’s Hill PS, Narwee PS, Wangee Park PS and Wiley Park PS. We hope you enjoyed the program and don’t forget to always be water safe!
Expressions of interest from local primary schools are now being accepted for the 2020 program. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org