Kangaroo Island water safety course a success

Kangaroo Island swimming instructor Bec Bennett is very pleased with the first year of running her own homegrown water safety program.

The “Swim KI - Water Safety and Awareness” course ran from December 17 to December 21 at the Parndana Pool.

Bec has designed her own water safety awareness swimming program, which is designed around National Swimming and Water Safety Framework, which covers, entries and exits skills, floating and sculling skills, movement and swimming strokes, survival and PFD skills, rescue skills and water safety knowledge. See more

She said she had an amazing support from the Kangaroo Island, with an enrollment of 152 children from ages 6 months to 13 years. 

“Everyone braved the cooler weather with rain and wind,” she said. “Even a thunderstorm in the morning, which luckily subsided before lessons.

“A big thank you to the instructors, who worked with challenging conditions.”

Mel Holman instructing 6 months to 3 years along with Holly Muecke, Rhana Berlin, Alex Bennett and Georgie Sullivan taking the 4 year olds and older. 

“The Island is lucky to have such quality instructors available to them, along with great facilities, but we need to look at fundraising to make it available all year round by enclosing and heating,” Bec said.