Boat safety message

23:04, Nov 11 2013
Boat safety
Sacred Heart School pupils learn about boat safety with Southland deputy harbourmaster Lyndon Cleaver.

The importance of boat safety is being reiterated at Invercargill Scared Heart school today.

The pupils are taking part in the Boating Safety Educational Programme run by Environment Southland.

Southland deputy harbourmaster Lyndon Cleaver will be at the school all day with his boat to teach the pupils about  water safety, the importance of lifejackets and how to be safe in and around boats.

Mr Cleaver started his talk on boating safety by discussing various boating scenarios, asking the children if they were right or wrong and many of the children answered his questions correctly.

Organisers hope the children will then educate their parents.

Highlights of programme include participation in a "Lifejacket Relay Race" and the opportunity for students to stand behind the wheel of a boat.

Throughout the day pupils from all classes will get the chance to climb on board and ask Mr Cleaver questions.

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