Keeping families safe in, on and around water

Family safety around water

by Mike Isle

The Selwyn Aquatic Centre is offering a fun way for families to keep safe in and around water.

The first one-day course is this Sunday, and there is another on Sunday, May 26. Both courses start at 1pm and finish at 4.40pm.

The Selwyn District Council, which is putting on the course, said [the course] offers a chance for the whole family to learn how to be safe in and around the water in a fun and friendly environment.

Council’s Swim School supervisor Sammy Lawson said it was the first time the council had run a family-focussed water safety programme.

“It is created to be fun. We teach boat safety; falling in and out and flipping the boat, towing someone who needs rescuing, throwing ropes, identifying rips, river crossing and hypothermia help huddles.

“Families will tackle challenges together, both in and out of the pool, with practical tips covering general water safety.

“It’s all designed to get families having fun together while learning vital skills,” Lawson said.

Families receive an NZ Coastguard Safe Boating qualification at the completion of the course. The cost is $25 for a family of four; additional children are $5 each, and children must be more than five years old.

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