New course targeting inland waterway activity supervisors

LSV’s new Inland Waterway Lifesaving Course will be delivered for the first time this month, following a successful trial course in held October.

Inland waterways are statistically some of the most dangerous aquatic environments, with the Murray and Yarra Rivers rated the no. 1 and no. 3 Australian river drowning black spots by frequency of drowning deaths.

In response to the high level of drowning incidents in this type of environment, the new Inland Waterway Lifesaving Course has been developed in partnership with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia as a component of the national Respect the River campaign.

Based on input from a number of key water safety agencies, the new course takes into consideration the needs of school teachers, instructors and other outdoor recreation supervisors, who are responsible for the safety of others in an inland waterway environment.

LSV General Manager Public Training and Pool Safety Andy Dennis says that inland waterways present different types of risks to beach and ocean open waterways, which LSV’s community lifesaving courses have traditionally been based around.

“Development of a new course dedicated to addressing the particularities and risks of inland waterways enables those supervising and instructing students in these environments to be better qualified and prepared,” said Mr Dennis.

The active and engaging two-day course consists of both theory and practical components, covering skills and knowledge to be able to plan for aquatic safety, emergency response and supervise students participating in recreational activities in inland waterways.

Participants will gain vital skills including communication, aquatic awareness and rescue techniques.

Mr Dennis says the course is ideal for teachers and support staff associated with activities or events taking place at inland waterway locations.

“We also recommend the course for inland industry representatives across activities such as boating, kayaking and canoeing, as well as those involved in camps and aquatic tour operations.”

For more information visit lsv.com.au/training-all/inland-waterway-training-courses/ or call the LSV public training team on (03) 9676 6050.

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