Beach visit teaches important lessons

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:30 19/02/2013
Opinion poll

Are you able to swim?

Yes, very well

Yes, but only a couple of lengths of the pool

No, but I can dog paddle

No, but I'm learning

No, I have no water skills

Vote Result

Relevant offers

Kapi-Mana News

Severe weather watch for parts of the North Island as wet weekend continues Waka ama crews return from world champs with golden haul Porirua's Fruit and Vege Co-op faces funding cut Kai for kids filling lunchboxes in Porirua Half of Levin school staying home to avoid measles outbreak Be fierce, be beautiful but stay invisible: Porirua model search targets talent Wellington research shows mental illness can increase cancer mortality rates Porirua teenager blasts off for Space Camp Flooding issues remain in Porirua National youth forensic mental health unit opens in Porirua

Titahi Bay North School kids took to the beach last week - but there were important messages learnt during the water play.

The school, with funding from State Insurance and Water Safety New Zealand, has been running a water safety programme over summer to ensure students are comfortable in swimming pools and at the beach. Teacher Tim Brewer says water is such a focal point for young people in Porirua but many families cannot afford swimming lessons.

Last Thursday 50 kids, aged 5 to 8, made the walk to the Titahi Bay Surf Club. There, they learned what to do should they get in trouble in the surf - raise an arm - how to use the lifeguards' safety tubes and how to recognise a rip.

"These kids had been waiting for this day to come, they were really excited about coming down to the beach," says Mr Brewer.

"In saying that, they listened very, very well to the lifeguards, who were just great with everyone, really engaging. We really appreciate their help and help from the sponsors to enable us to do this - it's a classic piece of education that all kids should have."

Ad Feedback

- Kapi-Mana News

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content