Grey Medallion course on at WIRAC

THE Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre is offering free Grey Medallion life saving skills courses in the coming weeks.

The Grey Medallion is a water safety and life saving skills program aiming at reducing the drowning rates of Australians and encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.

The four main components of the program are water safety knowledge, resuscitation and emergency care, aquatic exercise, personal survival and life saving skills.

The courses are open to anyone over the age of 11 years. There are four similar courses being offered, two are at weekends and two on weekdays.

WIRAC aquatics co-ordinator Karen Peters said this was a great opportunity for Southern Downs residents to learn valuable life saving skills at no cost.

“We are aiming for up to 25 in each group,” Peters said.

“It is aimed at school groups, teachers, swimming club members and members of the public who want to learn important skills in water safety.

“The course is funded by Sport and Recreation Queensland.”

The Grey Medallion course was originally intended for the over 55s but has been extended to younger age groups because of the large number of drownings in Queensland in recent years. The course includes theory and work in the water.

The instructors for the courses are Karen Gilchrist, of WIRAC, and Gail Smail, of the Stanthorpe pool.

More information from Peters at WIRAC on 4661 7955.

Course dates

Course 1: Sat, March 13, 1pm to 5pm and Sun, March 14, 9am to 4pm

Course 2: Sat, March 20, 1pm to 5pm and Sun, March 21, 9am to 4pm

Midweek Courses (over four weekday mornings)

Course 3: Wed Feb 24, Wed Mar 3, Wed Mar 10, Wed Mar 17, from 9.30am to noon

Course 4: Fri Feb 26, Fri Mar 5, Fri Mar 12, Fri Mar 19, from 10.30am to 1pm.



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