Close to 100 youngsters will hit the water at South Bank Parklands this January to learn lifelong and potentially lifesaving skills.
Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) award-winning Little Lifesavers program has educated thousands of children across the state since its launch in 1993, introducing children aged 5-11 to some of the basic principles of water safety.
SLSQ community awareness manager Helen Hallett said the program sees young children participate in a range of games and educational activities that are all designed to slowly build up their confidence in the water and at the beach.
“A lot of children who live on and around the beach learn about surf safety from a young age, but that’s not necessarily the case here in Brisbane,” Mrs Hallett said.
“Even if kids only go to the beach once or twice a year, it’s still important they have at least a basic understanding of surf safety and some of the steps they can take to keep out of trouble in the water.
“Little Lifesavers is designed to ensure that kids have fun in the water while introducing them to some of the basics of beach safety through the guidance of qualified surf lifesavers,” she said.
In addition to upskilling and educating youngsters about water safety, the program can also put them on the path to becoming fully fledged surf lifesavers.
“We also look to educate them about basic rescue techniques and what to do if they find themselves in trouble while swimming; if they get nothing else out of the program, these are skills they’ll have for life,” she said.
“Surf safety is something that every child should learn, regardless of whether they go to the beach once a day or once a year.”
The next Little Lifesavers program at South Bank is being held from 7-11 January 2019.