VACSWIM Programs on Kangaroo Island
28 September 2020
Surf Life Saving SA 'Surf and Survive' VACSWIM Programs
at Penneshaw, Emu Bay and Vivonne Bay
The Surf Life Saving SA 'Surf and Survive' VACSWIM program has
been delivered and enjoyed on Kangaroo Island beaches for many
years. The program provides children aged 5-13 an opportunity to
develop a range of skills in water safety, first aid including CPR,
personal survival techniques and aquatic emergency procedures.
These fundamental skills are vital for children to know, especially
living in remote areas.
Last summer, bushfires devastated the island. Despite the chaos,
the resilient Kangaroo Island community instructors continued to
deliver this vital program. Feedback from the community was that it
would be beneficial for the program to proceed, as it would boost
morale and would provide the children with a sense of normality in
an unfamiliar situation.
Due to the catastrophic fire danger, Vivonne Bay Vacswim had to
be relocated to Emu Bay. Despite the situation, it was amazing to
see so many families still attending the program at all three
sites. There were 168 participants at Emu Bay, 40 participants at
Penneshaw and 60 participants in the Vivonne Bay program.
Behind the scenes, Instructor in Charge, Rhana Berlin, completed
a mountain of work to ensure that the three programs on Kangaroo
Island were able to be delivered successfully, and went above and
beyond her job description and expectations - highlighting the
passion, dedication and capability of our instructors. She was in
constant consultation with local authorities, the Kangaroo Island
Council, Surf Life Saving SA and the Country Fire Service (CFS)
Incident Management Department to ensure the safety of participants
and staff. The team at Surf Life Saving SA are very proud of the
resilience, commitment and poise she demonstrated.
Surf Life Saving SA will continue to facilitate the VACSWIM
'Surf and Survive' program at the three Kangaroo Island sites in
January 2021: Penneshaw,
Bay and Vivonne
Bay. Enrol now!
Photograph by Maggie's