Program helps kids stay safe in the water
CHILDREN from across Bundaberg have taken to the water to learn some vital beach safety lessons as part of Surf Life Saving Queensland's award-winning Little Lifesavers program during these school holidays.
The initiative introduced school-aged children to some of the basic principles of water safety in a controlled environment which could potentially put them on the path to one day becoming fully-fledged surf lifesavers.
SLSQ lifesaving development officer Jamie Findlay said the Little Lifesavers program was intended to be fun and educational with a strong focus on general water safety and surf skills.
"At its heart, Little Lifesavers is designed to ensure that kids have fun in the water while, at the same time, introducing them to some of the basic principles of beach safety through the guidance of qualified trainers," Mr Findlay said.
"During this time kids have had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of games, sports and educational activities which are all designed to slowly build up their confidence in the water and educate them about how to stay safe at the beach."
"Throughout the program, children are introduced to some of the key principles of surf safety such as basic rescue techniques and first aid and, if nothing else, these are skills that they can take with them for the rest of their lives."