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28 Mar 2023

Collaboration and Education in Tasmania

Drowning Prevention
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Following a commitment declared at our Tasmania Industry Networking event in December 2022 by CEO Michael Ilinsky to deliver greater education, support and engagement of the Tasmanian government, industry and community now and in the future. Key team members from our Royal Life Saving NSW | ACT | TAS head office visited our southern friends to deliver on this promise.

Two events were scheduled over this week a Drowning Prevention Workshop in Hobart facilitated by our General Manager of Drowning Prevention and Education, Craig Roberts. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss programs, strategies and opportunities targeting inland waterways and ageing communities along with other identified at-risk groups in order reduce drownings and better service the communities.

This is the third Workshop of this kind that we have delivered in the past 8 months with others taking place in the Albury-Wodonga region and Western Sydney with more regions to come. Drowning Prevention is a critical issue within the community, and we can’t make a significant difference in this area without a collaborative and holistic approach.

The Aquatic Leadership Seminar held in Launceston was attended by an impressive range of local Industry professionals. The Royal Life Saving Aquatic Regional Seminar Series that commenced in the Hunter Region in July 2022, covered a range of topics for Aquatic Leaders with a focus on aquatic management, risk services and partnership opportunities as well as streams for both pool operations and swim school management.

In addition to these events, the team undertook a series of localised filming of Tasmania waterways and people that will be used to develop further water safety and drowning prevention campaigns to promote within the community. We had the pleasure of engaging with two high profile locals the Honourable Nick Duigan MLC –Legislative Council, Liberal Member for Windermere and former host of National fishing show Hook, Line and Sinker along with Peter Tonkin, former Olympic Swimmer and coach to help spread these important safety message.

Keep up to date with all our events at Events | Royal Life Saving (drowningprevention.org.au)

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