Safety focus

February 09, 2018

Samantha Lewis and Olivia Flemming.

Fili Afar, Lincon Wheelhouse and Tysun Howroyd (top).

Syrus Desacada.

Kirby Joachim.

Gabby McIntosh.

Elwyn Bush.

Amelia Lines.

Zach Davies.

Sianna Ahmet.

More than 100 students from Shepparton’s Gowrie St Primary School hit the pool yesterday to learn more about water safety.

Students from various year levels took part in Life Saving Victoria’s Open Water Learning Experience to ensure they are safe and confident around beaches, rivers, lakes and pools.

Gowrie St sport co-ordinator Timothy Bowden said the program was a wonderful initiative for the school to be involved in.

‘‘This is a fantastic opportunity for the students working with experienced lifeguards and lifesavers,’’ Mr Bowden said.

‘‘They are great role models, teaching them both dry and aquatic activities to take away and apply outside this lesson and into the community.

‘‘The students are having a great time.’’

The students were split into groups and did three water-based and two land-based activities.

Ten Life Saving Victoria guards travelled from Melbourne to co-ordinate the program at Aquamoves.

Live Saving Victoria team leader Tahli Langborne was delighted to see the program in action.

‘‘We find that a lot of incidents occur in this part of the state due to black spots along rivers where there are no lifeguards,’’ Miss Langborne said.

‘‘It is really important that students understand aquatic environments and can help their family and friends stay safe and out of trouble around water.’’

This is the first time Gowrie St has participated in the two-hour Open Water Learning Experience.

Floating: Amelia Lines.

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