400 primary students learn lifesaving water skills

February 28, 2018

Cooper Boyd

Mitch Bell and Thomas Hawkett

Noah Parkinson

Ty Read

Cassie Hill

STUDENTS from five local primary schools received lifesaving skills as part of Life Saving Victoria’s Open Water Learning Experience (OWLE) program.

Four hundred primary school students from St Mary’s, Echuca East, Echuca Primary, Nanneella Primary and Lockington Consolidated learnt about water safety at Maiden’s Inn, Moama recently.

Life Saving Victoria instructors delivered a two-hour practical program which included fun and educational activities to familiarise students with open water environments.

The OWLE aimed to empower students with knowledge on how to stay safe when in and around water, as well as practical strategies to identify dangers and understand safety signs.

Echuca East teacher Kristy Grant said students were learning essential skills while having a great time.

‘‘They absolutely love it and always have a blast,” she said.

“We do it every year because it is very relevant to kids living in this area.

“Many of the students spend all their free time in summer at the river.”

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