Three kids at beach


Smiles all round for Outback Lifesavers

Published: 01 Apr 2021 12:58pm

The Riverina’s newest Outback Lifesavers were all smiles after graduating from the first-ever inland waterways safety program in Wagga Wagga on 28 March.

The Outback Lifesaver program ran as a 10-week pilot initiative in partnership with Wagga Wagga City Council and Royal Life Saving New South Wales.

More than 100 children aged between 8 and 13 years engaged in weekly sessions at Wagga Wagga Beach where they were instructed in various activities focused on safety at the Murrumbidgee River.

Educators from the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre and volunteer parents and carers committed to delivering the RLSNSW program.

Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Cr Greg Conkey OAM congratulated all involved in bringing the program to fruition, and said he hoped to see it rolled out again in Wagga Wagga and other inland regions.

RLSNSW Riverina Regional Manager Mick Dasey said the program was a success with about 110 youngsters learning basic water safety and resuscitation skills in a fun and team environment.