More than 100 children, teachers and parents from the Lutheran Church attended a WaterWise workshop at the Shelly Beach rescue base on Saturday. The children come from centres all over the country.
The duty crew led by Jerry Jackson, assisted by WaterWise educators, Cathy and John Rolt, divided the large group into three smaller groups to ensure that all were trained in the PLAN, HHH, and Bystander CPR protocols as well as how to make and use throw-bags and makeshift throw-bags. The three groups were then rotated so that each group could experience the full WaterWise workshop.
Each person in the group was given an opportunity to practise Bystander CPR using the base’s “Little Annie”.
Acting Station Commander, Pieter Coetzee, said the importance of the WaterWise programme cannot be over-emphasised. “If this can save the life of a single child, the effort will be well worthwhile. We need to expand this programme in our area in the New Year”, He said.