THERE is something in the water in Forrestdale after a local swim school took out a Royal Life Saving Society Australia award recently.
The Seadragonz Swim School has won the Excellence in Aquatic Safety-Induction and Professional Development award at the inaugural National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards for their dedication to giving staff a number of opportunities to grow and improve on their skills.
Seadragonz founder Lari McDonald said one such initiative was the running of an annual crisis media management course to help give staff the skills they need to help in their role.
She said they offered classes for eight-week-olds through to Bronze Medallion level.
“Eighty per cent of our market is under the age of seven and 80 per cent of that is under the age of five,” she said.
“We teach a lot of safety skills, how to get out of strife with your child in the water and just getting parents to bond with their child.
“If you teach them young enough the fears that creep in later don’t happen.
“The first kids who went through that program from eight weeks old are now going into independent classes, and we’ve got these kids who are barely three swimming across the pool without fear.”
Visit www.seadragonz.com.au for more information.