Teaching outside in the shade of a tree at RONWE PRIMARY SCHOOL learners took keen interest in Little Junior. They like to resuscitate Junior and are confident that they will be able to save a life if they ever have to put their experience learning CPR to the test.
The principal, Mr. W. Cupido, appreciates the yearly brush up on water safety at his school. Ever since Waterwise Academy started the water safety programme at his school the children abstain from swimming in the farm dam close by.
At SONOP PRIMARY SCHOOL the principal, Mr. R. L. Davey, and staff always walk an extra mile with Waterwise Academy. They publish water safety tips in their annual newsletter and highlight the potential dangers of swimming in the farm dam and the river. They urge the parents, especially over the festive season, not to leave their siblings unsupervised. “Accidents occur easily. You must be fully prepared,” a proud Mr. Davey commented.
At L.K.ZEEMAN PRIMARY SCHOOL the learners are having great fun practicing the ambulance number, 10177. They challenge each other because they sometimes forget the second 1 in the number. They are eager to learn. They listen attentively and they enjoy participating in the water safety workshop.
At AMSTELHOF PRIMARY SCHOOL principal, Mr.C. G. de Jager, extended a yearly invitation. He is proud to be associated with Waterwise Academy. The water safety sessions had great impact on the learners. He and his staff no longer have to warn the learners about the dangers of the dam and the river. The learners act responsible. The compiled their own safety equipment and are on standby in case they need to rescue a peer from drowning.
At NIEUWE DRIFT PRIMARY SCHOOL creating water safety awareness is a difficult task. The sweltering heat of Paarl drove learners to cool off in the farm dam and in the river in the surrounding area. They do not have the luxury of a swimming pool. Over the years they witnessed many drowning in the farm dam and river. The water safety workshop helped to educate the learners and skilled them in resuscitating a drowning victim. They know now that the amount of mud in the dam creates a problem. “Once I have managed to change their mind frame I know they will abstain from swimming in dangerous places. They will become my greatest ambassadors spreading the WaterWise message,” Desireé proudly comments.
At DAL JOSAPHAT PRIMARY SCHOOL Waterwise Academy enjoys overwhelming support from principal, Mr. A. Fortuin, and staff. The learners witnessed at the beginning of the school year an adult drowning in the farm dam near the school and were traumatised. They eagerly role played the accident scene and resuscitated Junior. “ I use the picture of the wrestler, Triple H, as a teaching tool. It works effectively. The learners have no problem in remembering HAZARDS, HELLO and HELP,” Waterwise Instructor, Desireé Pinetown, said.
This WaterWise Instructor is proudly sponsored by TNPA.