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June 16, 2017

While the weather may be cool, Cobram Anglican Grammar students still have water safety on their minds.

While the weather may be cool, Cobram Anglican Grammar students still have water safety on their minds.

Guest speaker Sandy Becker from the YMCA recently spoke to students about water safety as part of their year-round program, talking about statistics including that in the 10 years from 2006 to 2016, 2000 men had drowned in Australia.

‘‘The students discussed what situations men are in that they drown and came up with a list which included: motorboats, waterskiing, risk taking, consumption of alcohol, etc,’’ head of junior school Mary Swoffer said.

‘‘Another statistic that the children really found alarming was that 280 people in Australia drowned last year,’’ she said.

Students were astonished when those statistics were then related back to the school population.

Using magnetic boards, students created water safety scenarios around private and public pools, rivers, lakes, dams, channels and water tanks.

Ms Becker also explored rules and what happens when they’re not followed with the students, and also talked about safety at public pools, the role of a lifeguard, and even touched on the topic of personal safety, the use of mobile phones in public places and where to go and what to do if something isn’t right.

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