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Students now ready, set, for the water

Surf Life Saving Brisbane East

Image: Surf Life Saving Queensland instructors teach students at East Brisbane State School the basic skills from floating and dolphin diving through to more advanced skills.

With a pool in many Queensland backyards, it is not surprising that East Brisbane State School chose Surf Life Saving’s Ready. Set. Rescue. program for its students.

The Sporting Schools’ program is the ideal way to deliver beach safety to school children throughout Australia and to reduce preventable drownings in our waters.

Run by Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), the program taught the students basic skills from floating and dolphin diving through to more advance skills such as board and tube rescues. 

The school’s Health and Physical Education head, Karen Florager, says the Ready. Set. Rescue. program was full of essential life skills.

“The practical pool work with the nipper boards and rescue tubes gave us access to equipment hard for us to attain and the opportunity to work with the mannequins provided the students with realistic situations when aiding in saving lives,” she said.

“They were also taught resuscitation skills including CPR, the recovery position and how to call 000.”

SLSQ also delivered a practical 40-minute talk to the students, including information on beach signs, beach flags, water safety and rescue equipment.

Last term, more than 500 children from nine schools across Australia participated in the Ready. Set. Rescue. program.

To participate in the program, SLSQ’s community awareness coordinator Chloe Maxwell says that while a basic level of swimming ability is preferred “we are able to adjust our activities to cater to the children’s swimming ability as well as incorporating pool noodles and kick boards to assist”. 

Maxwell says the program is flexible in the location it can be run which includes beaches, pools or lagoons. “If the school does not have their own pool that is no issue, we are able to travel to nearby public pools, beaches or lagoons.”

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Surf Life Saving program at your school? Check out all the details on the Surf Life Saving Australia page.

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